Curtis T. Hill, Jr., a Republican, currently serves as Prosecuting Attorney for Elkhart County, Indiana. He believes in the hope that is grounded in the American justice system. Born and raised in Elkhart, Curtis is the fifth and youngest child of Curtis T. Hill, Sr. and Eleanor M. Hill.
In November 2002, Curtis T. Hill Jr. received 78% of the vote and was elected prosecuting attorney for Elkhart County, succeeding his predecessor who held the position for 28 years. Armed with an ambitious platform, he immediately set out to transform Indiana’s largest part-time prosecuting attorney’s office into a full-time professional and well respected centralized law enforcement agency. Re-elected in 2006, 2010, and 2014, Curtis is currently serving his fourth term as Prosecuting Attorney.
Curtis is recognized state-wide as setting the standard for successful prosecution of serious and violent offenders. While he is well known for taking a hard line against career and hardened criminals, he has also initiated creative programs in alternative justice allowing the criminal justice system to focus the bulk of its resources on more significant crimes, while still exacting accountability for lesser offenses. As a trial lawyer, Curtis supervises a staff of public safety professionals including highly trained, committed and well-prepared deputy prosecutors who understand their mission is to seek the truth.
Curtis has testified before Congress on “Methamphetamine in the Heartland” and served as a presenter for the Northern Indiana Methamphetamine Summit Sponsored by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Executive Office of the President of the United States.
SERVICE AND AFFILIATIONS
Curtis has maintained a very active role in the following local, state and national organizations:
- Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys, Inc., Member, Past President
- Indiana Prosecuting Attorney’s Council (IPAC), Ethics Committee
- National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), Member, Past Vice President
- FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS/APB), Advisory Policy Board
- State Board of Law Examiners, Member, Character and Fitness Committee
- The Nature Conservancy (Indiana Chapter), Trustee
- NAACP, Life Member
Other organizations and affiliations:
- Indiana State Bar Association, Past Board of Governors
- Governor’s Council on Impaired and Dangerous Driving, Past Chairman
- Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, Past Trustee
- NDAA Executive Working Group, Past Member
- National College of District Attorneys, Past Board of Regents
- Better Business Bureau, Past Board Member
- Elkhart County Historical Society, Past Board Member
- Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, Past Board Member
- Boys and Girls Club of Elkhart County, Past Board Member
- Encouraging Technology and Hands-On Science (ETHOS), Past Board Member
- Vibrant Communities Initiative - Elkhart, Stakeholder Member
Earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the Indiana University School of Business in Bloomington, Curtis went on to pursue his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the Indiana University School of Law where he graduated in 1987. He began his legal career as a part-time deputy prosecuting attorney for Elkhart County where he also maintained a private general practice of law. As a deputy prosecuting attorney, Curtis gained his reputation as a skilled litigator in the prosecution of homicides, child abuse, and the distribution of illegal drugs.
ON A PERSONAL NOTE
Curtis and his wife, Teresa, have five children: Halle, Mallory, Curtis, Bella, and Abraham. His commitment to public service is rooted in his hope that his children -- and all children -- will live in a safer, happier and more vibrant world.
Curtis enjoys an active lifestyle, keeping fit through regular exercise and tennis. He has also attained a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a black belt in Hapkido.
Participating in the arts has been a
family affair. Curtis and Company have performed in a variety of local community theater productions together.
Curtis and his family attend First Baptist Church in Elkhart.