ILWACO - On July 1, the city of Ilwaco welcomed Steve Hill as the new city treasurer, a position that was vacated by Melissa Busby in May.
Hill comes to the city having recently worked with pre-IPO (Initial Public Offerings) companies in their efforts to go public. Originally starting his career as a mill cost accountant in Camas with Crown Zellerbach Corporation, he progressed to increasingly responsible positions eventually becoming controller-treasurer for a Crown Zellerbach wholly owned subsidiary. Prior to his last 11 years of consulting with Silicon Valley high-tech firms, he was the financial planning manager for Akashic Memories, a media manufacturer.
Looking for a suitable job on the Pacific Northwest coast, Hill says he was familiar with Ilwaco through the Lewis and Clark bicentennial celebration and the recent formation of the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park.
As the city's treasurer, he will be responsible for many financial tasks, such as ensuring account accuracy on the city books, projections and budgeting, payroll, and being "a good steward for the management of funds - the taxpayer's dollar." With the current changes in the economy, Hill says he is prepared to "cut expenditures in anticipation for budget shortfalls," and hopes to "keep as many services as possible amid predicted budget cuts."
Hill is presently serving as the president of the Arch Cape Water Supply District and is a director on the Arch Cape Sanitary District board. Living in south Clatsop County Oregon with his wife of 41 years, Joanne, an educator and artist, they have three grown girls who are raising their own families, Beth Long and Meg Laur, who reside in the Portland metropolitan area, and Amy Nash who lives and works in Longmont, Colo.
When not working on behalf of the city of Ilwaco, Hill says he enjoys backpacking, mountain climbing, writing and playing competitive chess. He attended Oregon State and Portland State universities and served as an artillery officer with the U.S. Marine Corps in Southeast Asia.