Mr Hill, who was appointed to Milton Keynes Council in 2009, has led a sustained period of organisational improvement and transformation during his time at the council.
The three party leaders on Milton Keynes Council have paid tribute to Mr Hill. Council leader Cllr Peter Marland said: “It is always nice to see hard work rewarded.”
Mr Hill (pictured) joined Milton Keynes Council after seven years as chief executive of Ashford Borough Council.
Before that he was director of organisational development at Suffolk County Council and has held senior civil service posts at the Department of Health and Social Security and the Northern Ireland Office.
He was also Secretary to the Royal Commission on the Reform of the House of Lords.
Mr Hill said: “I am absolutely thrilled to receive this very prestigious award.
“I of course take great personal pride in being singled out for this honour but it must also be seen in part as a tribute to all those – elected members, colleagues at every level in the council and the numerous partner organisations – with whom I have had the pleasure of working over the past five years.
“Together we have turned a lot of things round, made some significant improvements to the services we provide to the people of Milton Keynes and initiated some innovative and ambitious projects that will build and sustain Milton Keynes’ profile as one of the great European cities of the 21st century.
Cllr Marland said: “David has dedicated his life to public service and he has done a good job over the last five years here in Milton Keynes. I know just how much all those who have received awards have contributed to our community, they are all thoroughly deserved and congratulations to them all.”
Mr Hill will retire from his current post in July to pursue other career interests. The council has appointed Carol Mills, currently deputy chief executive at Nottingham City Council, to succeed him.
Other local recipients of a Queen’s Birthday Honour are:
Luing Cowley Services to the community
Dr Rebecca Kurth Chairman of the CMK Alliance Group Services to the community and to neighbourhood planning in Central Milton Keynes
Professor Susan Vinnicombe Director of the International centre for Women Leaders at Cranfield University Services to gender equality
Fintan Donohue Chief executive of the Gazelle Group. Services to further education
Jan Flawn Founder of PJ Care. Services to the care home business and to charitable fundraising.