A new — but familiar— face joined the Spring Hill City Council last month.
Tim Pittman was appointed by Mayor Steven Ellis at the Nov. 9 City Council meeting to fill a vacancy left by former councilman Clint Gillis. Pittman will serve the remainder of the term, which ends in January 2020.
An accountant by trade, Pittman currently works for Americo Life — one of the largest privately-owned life insurance companies in the country — in downtown Kansas City as the senior manager for corporate accounting and finance. Previously, he helped his parents run their family business, the Oak Country Club in De Soto, until 1996.
Originally from northern Indiana, Pittman moved around throughout his childhood because of his father’s job. That landed him in places such as Detroit, the San Francisco Bay area and Kansas City. After graduating from De Soto High School, he continued his education at Fort Hays State University, where he met his wife, Monica, and obtained a degree in accounting in 1992, he said.
After college, Tim and Monica moved to Scranton and then De Soto before moving to Spring Hill in the fall of 1999, he said.
“When we decided to move after having our second child, we were looking for a small but growing community and picked Spring Hill for its quiet atmosphere and the great schools. Even moving around the country with my parents and living in large metropolitan areas, we always lived in small suburban cities outside of the city proper and that is where I am most comfortable.”
In his free time, Pittman enjoys hunting and fishing. He also works on several projects at home that “never seem to end,” he said. He also enjoys traveling across the country with Monica to follow their daughter, Regan, who plays college volleyball for the University of Minnesota and competed on the USA U18 and U20 national volleyball teams.
“During the fall season, you can find us on many college campuses across the country supporting the Golden Gophers, who are ranked top 10 in the NCAA and have been to the last two Final Fours.”
Their son, Austin, also is a student in Minnesota but in a school 80 miles from their daughter, Pittman said. Austin attends Minnesota State in Mankato part-time and works a full-time job, he said.
“Austin loves to buy and sell cars after fixing them up,” Pittman said. “For example, he currently owns a Pontiac Trans Am, his summer car, and a vintage wood-paneled Buick Roadmaster station wagon, his winter car.”
Previously serving on the Spring Hill City Council earlier this decade, he said he was approached by several people about the seat vacancy.
“I feel that it is everyone’s duty to serve the community they live in, whether that is in government, the schools or volunteering,” Pittman said. “My background gives the council another voice in regards to finance. I do not consider myself a politician and always consider the residents of Spring Hill in any decision or vote and how I would feel about an issue if I were not on the council.”