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Citations Needed: Mike Hill

Mike Hill standing in his office.

Working at Virginia Tech since May 1, 1989

Mike Hill spends the better part of his workday ensuring that students, employees, and community members can find the parking spot they’ve paid for by issuing citations to folks who don't have the appropriate permits.

It’s a tough job he admits, but it’s vital to managing the university’s parking and transportation program.

Q: What do you do on a day-to-day basis?

A: I go around campus, issuing citations to people who are violating our parking policies. We do a lot of sign work for special events on campus and I help make sure the parking gates are operating at all times. It keeps me pretty busy. Note: Parking enforcement officers at Virginia Tech are not sworn police officers, which is why they issue “citations” not “tickets.”

Q: How did you come to work here?

A: I’m originally from Blacksburg, though I moved to Christiansburg with my wife. I came to work here as the result of a friend who at the time worked in the Police Department. He mentioned, just in passing, that there was a need for people to write parking tickets, but I came over here and put in my application, and the rest is history.

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?

A: I spend my free time with my family. I enjoy watching television, especially sports. The big three–football, basketball, and baseball.

Written by Steve Barnett, a 2015 multimedia journalism graduate currently studying public relations.
First Published: February 14, 2017