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The Village of Indian Hill
- County: Hamilton
- Mayor: Keith M. Rabenold Elected: 11/05/13
- Population: 5,800
- History: Settled in 1795; incorporated in 1941
Claim to fame: The Village of Indian Hill is among the richest Ohio zip codes, based IRS figures for Adjusted Gross Income. The village was once named the "Best Place to Raise a Family" in the United States by the magazine Robb Report (2002).
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Retired Sycamore Junior High Athletic Director, Jack Alley, 67, and his wife have lived in Indian Hill for 37 years. Both graduates of Ohio University, they first lived in Kenwood, but found a house on Miami Road in Indian Hill that met their needs.
“We knew about the community,” Alley said. The bike paths, the winding roads, privacy and the parks appealed to them as well as the reputation of the school system because they had children. Moving in, they became involved with the community.
“We have great neighbors,” he said. There are even deer in his backyard.
Serving on the Indian Hill Recreation Commission, Alley later joined the village staff as a part-time recreation coordinator. In that role, he promotes the amenities of the village, including the Indian Hill schools, Indian Hill Swim Club, the Indian Hill Historical Society, and summer programs for youth and local events, such as the Fourth of July Parade.
“Some Indian Hill community residents won’t go away for the summer until after July 5,” Alley said.
Like many residents, he is glad to have the protection of the Indian Hill Rangers Police Department--who “make us feel so secure here.”
According to Mayor Keith Rabenold, there's plenty to like in the village's 20 square miles:
- 150 miles of bridle trails
- Rowe Arboretum and Grand Valley Nature Preserve
- High quality snow removal, street repair, fire and police services
- A school district that has been named in the Ohio Top 10 for many years
- Respected and well known Indian Hill Historical Society
- Events such as its Veterans and Memorial Day remembrances, the National Day of Prayer, new resident parties, and community forums.
Meet the Mayor
A graduate of Indian Hill High School and Ohio State University, Rabenold works in downtown Cincinnati at D+H as vice president and U.S. general counsel. He and wife Stephanie have two daughters (ages 11 and 13) who attend Indian Hill Middle School.
Rabenold has been elected to the village council for four consecutive two-year terms (2007, 2009, 2011
and 2013). Council members in Indian Hill are elected on a non-partisan basis. The mayor is appointed by council and typically serves just one two-year term and then retires. The mayor and other council members serve without compensation from the village.