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Robert Hill

Posted in: About Us by Eric Sopp on September 13, 2009

Robert W. Hill is the Brookings County, South Dakota County Development Department Director. A position that he has held since March 2013, when they joined the counties Planning, Zoning and Drainage Department and the Emergency Management Department. He was the Planning, Zoning and Drainage Director for Brookings County, SD, March 2003 to March 2013.

His responsibilities include managing all aspects of the County Development Department to include: budgeting, personnel, and executive decision making on land use and emergency management issues.

Such as developing, implementing, and ensuring compliance for numerous emergency operation plans. Surveys information during major events and identifies hazardous materials. He as develops, participates in, and conducts training for disaster exercises and briefs the County Commission on required information relating to Emergency Management activities and Planning, Zoning and Drainage activities in the county.

Mr. Hill is retired from the United States Army and continues to serve as a Disabled Veteran Advocate. He is the current commander of the South Dakota Brookings Chapter #22 Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and is a past State Commander of the Department of South Dakota DAV.

He is a member of the Brookings County, Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) from 1999 to the present and he served as the LEPC chairman from 2008 to 2013.

He served on the Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance (PIPA) Task Team from 2008 to 2009 and received a Demonstration Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) to write a Transmission Pipeline Risk Reduction Overlay District section for the Brookings County Zoning Ordinance. He has also been a member of PHSMA’s Technical Assistance Grant Review Team for 2009 to 2013.

In 2012 he was appointed by the United States Secretary of Transportation to the Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (THLPSSC) for a three year term.

He is a board member on the National Association of County Planners (an affiliate of the National Association of Counties), and a member of the South Dakota Planner’s Association (SDPA) and South Dakota Emergency Management Association (SDEMA).

He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in geography from South Dakota State University.