Services set for Gil Hill, ex-Detroit council president

The Detroit News

Visitation and the funeral have been set for former Detroit City Council president Gil Hill.

Hill died Monday at Sinai Grace Hospital in Detroit. He was 84.

A public viewing will be 12-8 p.m. March 10 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 11 at Swanson Funeral Home, 14751 W. McNichols, Detroit.

Family hour will be at 11 a.m. March 12, followed by a funeral service at noon at St. Philips Lutheran Church, 2884 E. Grand Blvd., Detroit.

Interment will be at Trinity Cemetery in Detroit.

Former colleague and current Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon said Detroiters “lost a true supporter of the city and its people.”

“I deeply valued Gil’s friendship, guidance, his law enforcement prowess and his affinity for the city he adopted and never left following his military experience,” Napoleon said this week. “He epitomized public service because there was never a barometer in his eyes as to how people should be treated. He treated everyone the same — with respect and concern.”

Hill was known for his long service to the city, first in 30 years on the Detroit Police Department and later on the City Council, but it was perhaps his role as Detroit police Inspector Douglas Todd in three “Beverly Hills Cop” movies that brought him fame.

The movies starred Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, the streetwise cop who perpetually exasperated Todd.