Born and raised in Greeley. 26 year veteran of the Greeley Police Department. Currently Chief of Safety and Security for Greeley-Evans School District 6. Two term Greeley City Councilman. 8 years as Mayor Pro-Tem. Mayor of Greeley, 2017-Present.
I was born and raised in Greeley. I know this community well and have the historical knowledge to continue to lead our city. I am a 26 year veteran of the Greeley Police Department and retired as a sergeant in 2003. I retired to accept the position of Chief of Safety and Security for Greeley-Evans School District 6. I am in my 17th year in that capacity. I was elected to the Greeley City Council in 2009 and re-elected in 2013. I was the Mayor Pro-Tem from 2009-2017. I was elected as Greeley's Mayor in 2017. I currently serve on the board of directors for Upstate Colorado and Youth and Family Connections. I previously served on the boards of directors for the Greeley Chamber of Commerce, the Greeley Stampede, Suicide Education Support Services, Island Grove Regional Treatment Center, the 19th Judicial Review Commission, United Way 211 Advisory Committee, American Cancer Society Cattlebaron's Ball, Boys and Girls Club of Weld County, Greeley Rotary
1) Managing growth-Greeley is experiencing unprecedented growth. It is the responsibility of Greeley's leaders to manage growth responsibly to ensure that there is adequate infrastructure and a diverse array of growth options to enhance the standard of living in our city.
2) With growth in mind, Greeley needs to continue to have suitable housing opportunities to keep and recruit residents in Greeley. The most pressing housing need is affordable housing opportunities. We have to investigate every option to ensure that all residents are able
3) Community safety. The Greeley City Council needs to continue to give our public safety agencies the necessary tools to keep our community. A community that doesn't feel safe can not thrive.
1 Managing growth responsibly
2) Shortage of affordable housing
3) Transportation Issues
4) Strategic planning to address homelessness
5) Emphasis on public safety
John was born in Long Beach, CA in 1952. Raised in Lakewood, CA
He graduated from Lakewood HS and then went to Long Beach City College where he majored in Theater and minored in music playing the French Horn.
John has been married to Kimberley for 25 years. Kim worked as a costumer in the film industry for over 30 years. John has one daughter Jennifer DeSousa, a son-in-law, David DeSousa and two grandsons Logan and Sawyer both attending Chappelow Elementary School
He's a business owner and developer, owner of LA County's first Internet Cafe, owner of Best Choice Fire Protection, Inc. As an actor seen in TV shows for over 42 years from Fantasy Island to Star Trek Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyage. Also in commercial for hundreds of products like Coke, Pepsi, Budweiser, McDonald s, Long John Silvers, Walmart, Discover Card. And played in musicals nation wide with Carol Burnett, Shirley Jones, Betty Buckley. With all that he's done, his proudest accomplishment is his family. They are a constant source of pride and joy to him.
I was born and raised in Long Beach, CA. I have been a working union actor for over 42 years. I've also been an entrepreneur/businessman for nearly 25 years. I understand how difficult it is to be a mom and pop business owner. My daughter and her family move to Greeley four years ago. My wife and I followed two years ago. Now I have three generations living in Greeley. We love it here and want our grand kids to have a future here. I have been heavily invested in Real Estate, had my RE license and created various businesses. I know the challenges of growing a business and the bureaucratic nightmares cities put small business owners through. The current Mayor was running unopposed. I'm running so all voter voices can be heard. To do that, you need a choice. I am a concerned citizen who is not a politician and who isn't interested in making politics a career. I want to give all voters a chance to make their voice heard. I believe we have a great city and can be an example for all.
First we need to find ways to bring in more industry and businesses into Greeley. To create jobs that pay living wages. Right now the oil and gas industry is one of the strongest and most powerful influences in Greeley. Oil and gas is a finite commodity and we need to prepare for the time when it runs out. Looking to renewable energy industries is one answers.
Second, we need to protect our natural resources and create a long term plan for the growth boom we are experiencing and will continue to experience. Planning for everything from air quality to sufficient clean water to recycling programs to mass transit options. We need to be proactive in this area. Also, our housing issues needs to be addressed.
Third, we need to focus on our educational system. We need to make sure that we are supporting our schools and teachers. We need to keep up with the classroom demands. We also need to look at options for students who are not interested in college but could benefit from a trade school
I believe the issues over the next ten years will be the same as the issues we have now. The only difference will be the numbers. Greeley is expected to grow anywhere from 50 to 100% by 2050. This will put a strain only all our natural resources, water, power, air quality, housing and jobs. With the projected growth, One of the biggest challenges will be the acceptance of the great diversity we have in Greeley. I believe it is one of our greatest resources. But, we have to create an environment were we can learn to listen to all our residents. We need to reach out to all groups and start a dialogue. All residents need to feel they have a safe place to speak out. If we can use this diversity as a strength we will be the better for it. I see think in the next ten years oil and will run out and we will be left with not only the lack of jobs but also be burdened with the massive and expensive clean up of the well sites. I hope we can move closer ever year towards renewable energy.