Johnstown Town Council is the governing body of the Town, which consists of the Mayor and six Council members. The Mayor and Council members are nominated and elected from the Town at large, and each serve a four-year term.
The Mayor presides over meetings of the Town Council and is recognized as the head of the Town government for ceremonial and political purposes. The Mayor Pro Tem performs the responsibilities and duties of the Mayor in their absence.
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Town Council Members
Mayor Troy Mellon
Troy D. Mellon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin D. Mellon, was raised on the family farm north of Johnstown, CO, graduating from Roosevelt High School in 1981. He received a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship and attended the University of Kansas at Lawrence, KS, graduating with a BA in Astronomy in 1985 and was immediately commissioned as a regular officer in the U.S. Navy.
Mellon was elected as Mayor of Johnstown in April 2000, and re-elected in April 2004. Previous to that, he served as a Trustee on the Johnstown Town Board, having been elected in April 1998. He was elected to a Johnstown Town Council seat in April 2012, and re-elected in April 2014 and April 2018.
Mellon is currently employed with Banner Health working at the North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley as a senior network engineer. His previous employment was working under contract as a network administrator at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service Center in Denver.
Mellon’s military career included active duty sea tours on USS MISSOURI (BB-63) and USS ELLIOT (DD-967), and active duty shore tours with Commander, Naval Surface Force, Pacific, Cruise Missile Tactical Qualification Team (CMTQT); Navy Support Facility, Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory; and Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 40.
Mellon participated in Operations NIMBLE ARCHER, EARNEST WILL, and DESERT STORM in the Southwest Asia theater. His military awards include two Navy Commendation Medals and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He also qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer and was the first unrestricted line officer to qualify as a Seabee Combat Warfare Officer. After leaving active duty and joining the Naval Reserve, he commanded COMNAVSURFPAC Naval Reserve Detachment 118 at the Navy and Marine Corp Reserve Center in Denver.
Mellon is a Life Member and past Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. Johnstown-Milliken Post 2585 and past President of the Board of the J-M Post Veterans Club. He is a member of Civil Air Patrol’s Thompson Valley Composite Squadron.
Mellon is married to the former Margaret (Margie) Rivera, of Bronx, NY. They have two adult sons, Charles (C.D.) and William.
Mayor Pro Tem Damien Berg
After one of his overseas combat tours as a combat medic, Damien and his family relocated to Johnstown in 2007. Damien knew right away that Johnstown was special, and he quickly established his home and began immersing himself into everything that is Johnstown.
In 2010, Damien joined the Town of Johnstown Council where he served until the summer of 2015 when he took a job out of state. After one quick year away, Damien and his family knew it was time to return “home” and to their many friends and the community of Johnstown.
For the past couple of years, Damien has enjoyed being part of Johnstown where he serves as Commander of the local Veterans organization. He also enjoys riding his motorcycle and attending the many community events around Johnstown and Northern Colorado.
Damien received his degree in Business from Colorado State University. He works as a regional manager Sterile Processing (Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization for medical devices) for UCHealth Northern Colorado and is also a national and international speaker on leadership, process management and infection prevention.
He enjoys spending his personal time with his wife (Shannon) and his stepson and daughter. Also, he has his “fuzzy son” Finnegan who is always by his side and even rides in his sidecar motorcycle. If he is not working or volunteering for our community, Damien enjoys writing and working around the house.
Council Member Vanessa Dominguez
As a third generation Colorado native, Vanessa grew up inspired by her grandmother’s tireless work as an activity and social worker at improving conditions for migrant workers and expanding access to education. She has strived to continue her grandmother’s legacy of making education and opportunity available to everyone and has served in a variety of advocate and leadership roles, including:
- President of Women Back in School at Colorado State University
- Founder of Student / Parent Group at CSU
- Graduate Panel Member at Aims Community College
- Volunteer at CSU’s Native American Cultural Center and El Centro
- Lead Volunteer at the Guadalupe homeless shelter in Greeley
- District Accountability Committee Member for Greeley-Evans School District 6
- Diversity Committee Chair and founder at a corporate insurance company
- Ambassador with Hearts and Horses
- Caucus Captain
Vanessa has primarily worked in teaching in recent years after a notable stint in academic research. After graduating with honors with a Bachelors in Human Development and Family Studies, Vanessa served as a research assistant with CSU and was one of just 10 people in the United States selected by the National Science Foundation as a lead researcher for the school’s neuropsychology lab. Most recently, Vanessa earned a Master’s degree in Education and Human Resource Studies with a focus in Organizational Learning, Performance & Change.
In her free time, Vanessa enjoys spending time with her son, Kye, her fiancée, Nick, who works as a police detective, and her rescued Australian Kelpie mix, Harmony. She also enjoys painting, photography, travelling to the mountains, participating in shooting sports, and cooking up delicious organic meals. On the weekends, Vanessa and her family can frequently be found sampling and reviewing gluten free restaurant offerings all over the state.
Council Member Jesse Molinar Jr.
Jesse was raised in Johnstown where he attended school and participated in sports and is proud to be a Roosevelt Roughrider. Jesse attended Wartburg College, Iowa where he graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and competed as a wrestler. The former teacher is now a firefighter for the City of Westminster Fire Department.
Jesse’s greatest pride is raising his three boys Hunter, Branson, and Gavin at home in Johnstown.
Council Member Dianne Morris
Dianne Morris is a local realtor and former OSHA-certified healthcare compliance educator that has served on Town Council since 2022. She attended Bryman University and was licensed as a registered dental assistant and Expanded Duty Dental Assistant at the University of San Francisco. Council Member Morris has been a public speaker for over 17 years.
Council Member Chad Young
Born and raised in Johnstown, Chad’s family has been around for five generations. He has served on Town Council for over 20 years, and is the youngest member to serve the longest tenure.
Chad says he is blessed to work with families during some of the most difficult times in their lives as a funeral director, serving the industry for the last 28 years. Currently, he is a director with Adamson Life Celebration Home in Greeley. He also serves as the liaison to the Glenn A. Jones M.D. Memorial Library Board and the Johnstown Historical Society Board.
Chad is a singing member of the Greeley Chorale and has been for the past 21 years.