City Council Biographies

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Javier "John" Dutrey, Mayor

John Dutrey 2015 Council Photo

Javier “John” Dutrey is a life-long resident of the Inland Valley, whose parents immigrated to the United States from the Basque region of France and Spain. He was born in Pomona and lived with his family in Chino and Ontario before settling in Montclair in 1976. John graduated from Montclair High School in 1983 and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration—both degrees earned from California State University at San Bernardino. He worked for cities and the private sector focusing in real estate, urban planning, economic development, and affordable housing. John and his wife, Anne, have two children.  His wife previously and son currently serves in the Army.

John was first elected to the Montclair City Council in 1996, and served as Mayor Pro Tem from 2000 through 2010. He was elected Mayor in 2018. Before his election to the City Council, John served on the Montclair Planning Commission. He has also served as a Board Member for the Neighborhood Partnership Housing Services. John currently is involved with the Montclair Chamber of Commerce, Knights of Columbus, and is a parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

John's service on the City Council includes appointments to the Planning Commission Panel and the Code Enforcement/Public Safety, Real Estate, Legislative/Intergovernmental, and Tri-City Gold Line Committees. He also represents Montclair on the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (“SBCTA”) and Omnitrans governing boards.  John also represents SBCTA on the Metrolink Board of Directors (as an alternative member), the Southern California Association of Government’s Transportation Committee, and the Foothill Gold Line Joint Powers Authority Board.  John is passionate about the community’s welfare, and has focused the City Council’s attention on a number of vital public issues, including:

Revitalizing residential neighborhoods;

Attracting and retaining quality businesses;

Ensuring the City’s fiscal integrity by promoting fiscally responsible budgets;

Revitalizing the Montclair Place.

Developing a transit-oriented area for north Montclair that includes the Gold Line commuter train; and

Improving the City’s streets and parks.

Carolyn Raft, Mayor Pro Tem

Carolyn Raft 2015 Council Photo


Mayor Pro Tem Carolyn Raft was first elected to the Montclair City Council in November 1992; was reelected in November 1996, 2000, 2004, 2012, and 2016; and was appointed to her seat in 2008 because there were no challengers. She served as Mayor Pro Tem from 2010 until 2012, and was reappointed as Mayor Pro Tem in 2014 and 2016.

Mayor Pro Tem Raft serves as the City of Montclair's citizen representative on the West Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District Board of Trustees.

A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Carolyn moved to Southern California in 1965 and has lived in Montclair since 1984. Carolyn married her husband, Ray, in 1964 and they raised their children, Jonathon and Christina, in Montclair.



Bill Ruh, Council Member

Bill Ruh 2015 Council Photo


William (Bill) Ruh was elected to the City Council in November 1998. Bill also serves on several City Council committees including the Education, Human Services, Legislative/Intergovernmental, Personnel, and Tri-City Gold Line Committees, as well as the Community Activities Commission Interview Panel. In addition, he is the Council liaison to the Montclair Chamber of Commerce and the Community Activities Commission. He served as Mayor Pro Tem from 2012 through 2014. Bill was appointed by the City to the Oversight Board for the Successor Agency to the City of Montclair Redevelopment Agency and was Chair of the Board during its existence from 2012 through 2018.

Prior to his election to the City Council, Bill was a member of the Planning Commission for 10 years, from 1988 to 1998. In 1991, Bill was the youngest member to be elected to the Monte Vista Water District (MVWD) in its then 70-year history. He served as MVWD Board Auditor from 1996 until his resignation in November 1998. He currently serves as Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, Santa Ana Region.

Bill has served on boards and committees for numerous philanthropic and charitable organizations, including the following: OPARCRed Cross Inland Empire ChapterOntario-Montclair YMCACommunity Action Partnership of San Bernardino CountyChaffey College Foundation; and Assistance League of the Foothill Communities.

Bill received a BA in Political Science from the University of La Verne, and has pursued a professional career in Legislative/Government Affairs and Public Policy. He has worked for the California State Assembly and Senate, as well as the U. S. House of Representatives. At present, he coordinates Public Policy and Governmental Affairs for the Real Estate Industry. Bill is a lifetime resident of Montclair.

Tenice Johnson, Council Member (Appointed)

Council Member Tenice Johnson

Tenice Johnson was appointed to the City Council on February 6, 2019 to serve out the remainder of Mayor Dutrey's unexpired City Council term, which ends in December 2020.

Tenice was born in Detroit, but her family lived in many locations throughout the United States (mostly on the west coast) due to her father’s career as a design engineer at Boeing. She married her husband, Warren, in 1981 and in 1991 the family settled in Montclair, where they raised their children. Professionally, Tenice was a Health Operations Manager, a career from which she has retired. She now volunteers her time assisting the Montclair Chamber of Commerce with business–related promotional events and activities, including joint ventures with the City.

Tenice has been an active member of the Montclair community throughout her residence. Most recently, she served on the Montclair Planning Commission from 1999 through January of 2019. She also served as the San Bernardino County Citizen Appointee to the Montclair Successor Agency Oversight Board during its existence from 2012 to 2018, as a Montclair Community Activities Commissioner from 1993 to 1999, and as Vice Chair of the Neighborhood Partnership of Montclair from 1996 to 2002.