Sebastian City Council Voters Re-Elect Jim Hill, Reject Pay Raise For Mayor

Jim Hill

SEBASTIAN – Jim Hill and Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Ed Dodd earned seats on the Sebastian City Council while retired city employee Linda Kinchen was elected to a one-year term.

Hill, 47, won the highest number of votes and had credited his record on voting for projects designed to reduce pollutants in the lagoon. Hill is also pushing Indian River County officials to extend sewer lines north of the city to convert residents from septic to sewer.

For Sebastian residents, the Indian River Lagoon is the top issue.

Kinchen won the seat to finish out the current term of Richard Gillmor, who resigned. She said one of the issues that helped with her campaign was the importance of the Sebastian Working Waterfront project. She wants the city to invest in improving its riverfront area.

Dodd, 69, said migrating the city’s septic tanks to the county’s sewer system is his No. 1 priority.

Damien Gilliams, who ran for council for the seventh consecutive time, vowed to continue until he wins a seat.

The city will continue with the current pay structure after voters rejected a proposed pay raise for council members and the mayor.

The proposal asked voters to increase the mayor’s monthly pay to $750 and to double the pay for the vice mayor and Sebastian City Council members to $600.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges grew up in Jupiter, Florida where he began his career in radio and TV broadcasting for over 12 years. He would make a career change to computer programming. Andy spent seven years working for tech companies in Atlanta before moving to Indian River County in 2002. He returned to the news sector in 2005 as a writer. Andy joined Sebastian Daily in 2016 as our editor in chief.