110 S.E. Watula Avenue
Ocala, FL 34471
James "Jim" P. Hilty Sr. joined the City Council in December 2013 representing District 5 which encompasses the city’s far eastern region.
Jim was born and raised in New York. He served his country as a Marine and served in Vietnam from 1969-1970. Jim then joined Hughes Aircraft and worked on the F-14 project. As the project came to completion Jim changed career paths. Jim and his wife Pauline moved to Ocala in December of 1990 with their two young sons. Jim became a Financial Advisor and joined the financial firm of Edward Jones. He opened the second Edward Jones branch office in Ocala in 1993.
Jim has been active in business and civic affairs in Ocala for many years. He is a board member of the following organizations: Blessed Trinity Endowment Board, Salvation Army, Discovery Science Center, and the Marion Cultural Alliance. Jim served previously as Chairman of the Board for both the Ocala Civic Theatre and the Ocala Marion County Chamber of Commerce. Jim serves the Boy Scouts of our area as the Marion District Eagle Scout Board of Review Chairman and in 2013 was the recipient of the Silver Beaver Award – the highest award given to volunteers in service to Scouting.
Jim currently serves on the Florida Municipal Power Agency's Policy Makers Liaisons Committee. He is also currently a member of the Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership, Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, Friends of the Ocala Christmas Parade and the Marion County Legal Support Association. Jim is a graduate of the Ocala Leadership Class 13. He was also a member of the Ocala Honor Flight Executive Board from inception, to the final mission in 2013.
Jim has associates degrees in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Sullivan County Community College, NY and Business Administration from Suffolk Community College NY. Jim is widowed and has two sons. Jim Hilty, Jr. is also a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones and he and his wife Jennifer have two children. Brian Hilty is a Marion County firefighter and he and his wife Becky have three children.