One year in, Ontario mayor tempers political zeal

Ontario mayor Riley Hill (above, center) talks with city manager Adam Brown (right) and airport manager Dan Beaubien, at city hall last week. Hill stepped into the city’s mayoral slot in 2019 and since then worked to build relationships at the state level. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

ONTARIO – Dan Capron wasn’t sure what would happen when voters elected local contractor Riley Hill to be Ontario’s mayor in 2018. 

 “I thought he was coming in to be a wrecking ball,” said Capron.

Hill took office on Jan. 1, 2019. Hill collected more votes than three other candidates – residents Billy Carter, Frank Griffith and current city councilor Marty Justus – in the election.

Capron said his initial views on Hill were wrong.

“He has the best interest of the city in . . .