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April 7, 2022 – The Board of County Commissioners will consider naming Steve Klaffky as interim County Attorney as an agenda item during the regularly scheduled meeting on April 12, 2022. If passed, Mr. Klaffky will fulfill the duties of Diana May, who was appointed district court judge for the Fourth Judicial District.

“Steve Klaffky is a talented and dedicated public servant who will lead the office well,” said Board Chair Stan VanderWerf. “Our County Attorney’s Office is one of the busiest in state, and works complicated Department of Human Services cases, land-use items, and protects taxpayer funds from lawsuits. Klaffky’s skills are well-suited for keeping this crucial office running during the transition.”

“I am honored the Board extended the request to serve as the interim County Attorney,” Steve Klaffky stated. “My goal is to ensure a seamless transition as County Attorney May enters into her new role as a judicial officer. I will ensure that each El Paso County elected official, board, department, and staff continue to receive exceptional legal services while the Board engages in the process of seeking a permanent replacement.”

Mr. Klaffky currently serves as the Chief Deputy County Attorney for the Civil Division. He has worked in the El Paso County Attorney’s Office for a decade. During his tenure, he has advised elected officials, boards, commissions, and committees on complex legal matters ranging from Colorado Open Records Act to the Taxpayer Bill of Rights. He’s also handled intricate contractual matters, real estate transactions, and land use matters, and defended the County against litigation in both state and federal court. To avoid any conflict of interest, Mr. Klaffky will not apply when the Board posts the job, holds interviews, or negotiates the terms for the permanent replacement to Ms. May. The appointment will be effective beginning April 18, 2022.

Mr. Klaffky earned a B.A. in English from Colorado State University, and his Juris Doctorate from Western New England University School of Law. He also volunteered as an unpaid legal intern in the Fourth Judicial District Attorney’s Office before joining the County Attorney’s Office full-time in 2012.