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May 2, 2022

Boulder County Commissioners welcome new Chief of Staff Clay Fong

Boulder County, Colo. -- On May 12, 2022, Clay Fong joined the Commissioners’ Office as Chief of Staff, succeeding Michelle Krezek, who retires on May 25 after almost 20 years of service with Boulder County.

Clay Fong, new Commissioners' Office Chief of Staff

Clay Fong, new Commissioners' Office Chief of Staff

Most recently, Clay was Manager of Community Relations and the Office of Human Rights at the City of Boulder. In this role, he oversaw the Community Mediation Service and staff tasked with anti-discrimination and wage theft enforcement. He was also the staff liaison for the City’s Human Relations Commission (HRC). While in this role, Clay worked with Boulder City Council and the HRC on ordinance changes related to topics such as bias-motivated crime sentence enhancement and updating statutory language to be more gender-inclusive.

Having attended the University of Colorado School of Law, Clay is a non-practicing attorney and a member of the Colorado Bar Association with a strong background in mediation. In addition to volunteer work as a mediator, he was Program Manager for the City of Boulder’s Community Mediation Service for over 10 years.

Clay’s volunteer work extends beyond mediation with experience as a board member for nonprofit organizations as well as municipal boards and commissions.

“We are happy to announce Clay Fong as our new Chief of Staff,” said Board of County Commissioners Chair Marta Loachamin. “The commissioners believe Clay has the background and skill set to step into this role and the important work of the Commissioners’ Office.”

“Clay’s background and commitment to social justice make him a great fit for the role,” said Board of County Commissioners Vice-Chair Claire Levy. “His experience in the City of Boulder’s Office of Human Rights and Community Relations, as well as Boulder’s Youth Opportunities Program, Racial Equity Team, and Tribal Consultation Team, align with many of the County’s values, priorities, and programs.”

“In addition to welcoming Clay to the county, we’d also like to thank Michelle for her years of service and her support to each of us as commissioners,” said Commissioner Matt Jones. “We wish her well in her retirement.”

Headshots of three current commissioners in horizontal alignment with their names to the right of each photo