Cape Serves – Gary Hill

From beginning as an industrial arts/construction trade teacher to his current position with the City of Cape Girardeau, Building and Code Enforcement Manager Gary Hill has truly done it all.

Hill transitioned after 16 years of teaching to high school principal for five years. This led him to become a school superintendent for nine years up until he began his career with the City of Cape Girardeau in 2012.

Hill was originally hired as an additional building inspector with Inspection Services to assist with the Isle Casino, school and Menard’s building projects being completed at the time. Simultaneously, the City was developing a residential rental inspection program. With Hill’s easygoing personality and “gift of gab” in addition to his construction trades and inspections talents, the City offered him a position inspecting rental properties throughout Cape Girardeau – a position he held for the last 6 years.

Hill in March 2019 was promoted to Building Code and Enforcement Manager. In this position, he supervises the inspectors and permit technicians in the Inspection Services Division. Hill believes that creating positive work relationships with people is important, so that together people can create “win-win” situations as often as possible.

Hill is known as the handyman around his office. He keeps a tool bag by his desk in case anything needs to be fixed.

In addition, Hill has a passion for music. During his undergraduate studies at Southeast Missouri State University, Hill studied music as a minor degree and has always had a love for singing. When he was younger, he volunteered with youth programs and even led music at a few churches.


Brenna Shea is a mass communications major with a public relations concentration at Southeast Missouri State University. This summer she plans to begin her PR career at either a digital marketing agency or a business-to-consumer corporation in the Greater St. Louis area. To learn more about her, visit her LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brennashea