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Paul M. Eaton, Mayor

Mayor Eaton Council Photo 2015

Paul M. Eaton, Montclair Mayor since 1995, also serves as Chairman of the Montclair Successor Redevelopment Agency, Montclair Housing Authority, Montclair Housing Corporation, Montclair Public Financing Authority, and Montclair Community Foundation.

A member of the Montclair City Council since 1988, Mayor Eaton sits on the following City Council Committees: Personnel, Real Estate, Public Works, Traffic, and Planning Commission Interview Panel.

Mayor Paul M. Eaton has been actively involved in Montclair City Government since 1970 when he became a four-year member of the Community Action Committee. In 1974, he was appointed to the Planning Commission and remained a member for 14 consecutive years.

Mayor Eaton retired professionally in November 1997. He and his wife, Ginger, have resided in Montclair since 1965. They raised 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls; they have 9 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren.

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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.

 

 

 

J. John Dutrey, Council Member

John Dutrey 2015 Council Photo

 

John Dutrey is a life-long resident of the Inland Valley. 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 is employed with the City of Rialto, managing the city’s housing programs. John and his wife, Anne, have two children.

John was first elected to the Montclair City Council in 1996, and served as Mayor Pro Tem from 2000 through 2010. His service on the City Council includes appointments to the Code Enforcement, Real Estate, Personnel, Public Safety, and Mobile Home Park committees. He 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;
  • Improving the Mission Boulevard and Holt Boulevard corridors;
  • Developing a downtown area for north Montclair; and
  • Constructing a new Police facility and senior and youth activity centers.
  • 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, Montclair Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus, and is a parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

 

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  the City's Education, Human Services, Legislative, and Gold Line committees, as well as the Community Action Committee Interview Panel. In addition, he is Council liaison to the Chamber of Commerce and the Community Action Committee. 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 is Chair of the Board.

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.

  

Trisha Martinez, Council Member

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Trisha Martinez, elected to the City Council in 2014, is the newest Council member. Her many years of involvement in the City stem from her passion for helping Senior citizens and youth. Her volunteerism in helping the Seniors in our community is a real labor of love.  She has been a volunteer with the Senior Nutrition program at the Montclair Senior Center for over 10 years. Every Tuesday, Trisha puts on her apron and helps to prepare and serve meals to her friends at the Senior center.  After lunch service, Trisha gets back into the kitchen to help put leftover food away and clean the kitchen, dishes, and pots and pans. To this day, Trisha continues her volunteer service to our seniors.

Trisha is also involved with the Montclair Ontario Junior Women’s Club and the Montclair Chamber of Commerce. She attended Chaffey College, The University of Southern California, and California Southern College of Law and is the owner of her business, Law Docs.