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Suspended District 5 Commissioner Regina Hill Back in Court

Suspended District 5 Commissioner Regina Hill Back in Court

ORLANDO, Fla. — Suspended District 5 Commissioner Regina Hill is expected back in an Orange County courtroom Tuesday morning.


What you need to know

  • Hill was indicted in March on several allegations against her, including fraud and elder exploitation.
  • A civil lawsuit was also filed against Hill to block access to the power of attorney, which was granted by a judge in April
  • Although Shaniqua Rose won the special election and provisionally took over the seat of District 5 Commissioner, Hill could potentially regain her position if her legal issues are resolved before her term ends in 2026.


Hill was suspended by Governor Ron DeSantis after she was charged with elder exploitation and fraud.

Hill is accused of obtaining power of attorney over a 96-year-old woman’s finances and then using them for her own benefit. A civil lawsuit was filed against Hill in April, seeking a permanent injunction blocking her power of attorney privileges. The injunction was upheld by a judge, but Hill has maintained she did nothing wrong.

Spectrum News 13 spoke with Hill the day before a special election was held to temporarily fill her position. She spoke about her hopes to regain her position as District 5 commissioner, the upcoming election and her faith in the justice system.

“People can be charged or accused,” Hill said. “But I do believe in the justice system and due process. Like any citizen, I have the opportunity to tell my truth.”

Although Shaniqua “Shan” Rose won the special election, it is still considered temporary. Rose’s induction into the city commissioner position would still end at the end of Hill’s original term, which is in January 2026.

“The real election isn’t until November 2025, and I’m praying this problem is solved well before then,” Hill said.

If the issue is resolved before the end of her term, Hill could potentially regain her seat as District 5 commissioner.