Governor-elect Kelly announces chief counsel, additional top staff
Governor-elect Laura Kelly today named Clay Britton, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, as the Chief Counsel for her administration. Kelly also announced several other top staff that will help lead the Office of the Governor on behalf of Kansans.
“Clay’s experience in government and the private sector makes him the right person to help lead our effort to rebuild agencies and improve our state,” said Kelly. “Surrounding myself with top-notch talent who have a broad set of experiences and strengths is critical to our work on behalf of the people of Kansas.”
Clay Britton will serve as Chief Counsel to the Governor. Britton has been with the United States Department of Justice since 2016 where he works in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Kansas. During his time there, he defended the United States and its agencies in a wide-range of employment and tort cases. Prior to that, Britton worked at Lathrop & Gage in Kansas City for almost six years litigating a variety of lawsuits, involving contractual disputes, class actions, intellectual property, and other issues. Earlier, he served as Assistant Attorney General in the Solicitor General & Criminal Litigation Divisions in the Kansas Office of Attorney General. There, he prosecuted felony and misdemeanor crimes in state district courts, litigated habeas cases, and handled appeals in state and federal court. Britton lives in Lawrence where he is active in his community and church.
Haley Pollock will serve as the Director of Policy for the Kelly Administration. Pollock is currently serving as special assistant to the Kelly Rogers Transition Team. Previously, she worked in the Kansas House Minority Leader’s Office for seven years, followed by two years as the Director of Communications and Outreach at Kansas Action for Children. Pollock helped coordinate statewide outreach for the Rise Up Kansas campaign in 2017. She also has extensive experience on legislative, congressional, and statewide campaigns.
Cory Sheedy has been named the Director of Legislative Affairs. Sheedy served as Chief of Staff for the House Democratic Caucus since 2016 where he assisted the Caucus with legislative priorities and coordinated targeted House campaigns, in addition to overseeing all aspects of the Leadership Office. Earlier, he served as the Policy Director for the Caucus beginning in 2015. He is a licensed attorney and was previously employed by Kansas Department of Health and Environment as lead counsel for the State Employee Health Plan, where he also represented the State in workers’ compensation, Medicaid, and HIPPA compliance matters.
Scott Allegrucci will serve as the Director of Appointments. He brings experience in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. He previously served as the Director of the Tourism Development Division in the Kansas Department of Commerce. He wrote and narrated There’s No Place Like Home, a national conference on the privatization of child welfare for the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services; has twice appeared with the Symphony in the Flint Hills; and has served on the Board of Directors for various organizations.
Brittany Stiffler Crabtree will serve as the governor’s Deputy Communications Director, developing key messaging, participating in the development of the communications strategy, and serving as the governor’s primary speechwriter. Crabtree returns to public service after most recently serving as Senior Strategist at jones huyett Partners, a data-driven marketing consultancy in Topeka, Kansas. She formerly served as the Executive Director of the Kansas Volunteer Commission where she oversaw the rebranding of the organization within the Kansas Department of Education. Crabtree is also a leadership coach with the Kansas Leadership Center.
Brooklynne Roulette Mosley will serve as Deputy Director of Appointments in the Governor’s Office. Most recently, Mosley was the Deputy Executive Director of the Kansas Democratic Party and the Director of the Statewide Coordinated Campaign. Prior to that, she was the Assistant Director of Programs at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Headquarters in Kansas City. Mosley is a veteran of United States Air Force where she served as a Non-Commissioned Officer and a KC-10 Inflight Refueling Operator and received several medals for her service.
Ross Gregory will serve as Director of Constituent Services. Gregory has worked for Cerner Corporation since 2012 in various positions, most recently as Senior Learning Consultant, developing curricula for users, physicians, and other clinicians. Previously, Gregory served as Senior Constituent Services Liaison and Assistant to Director of Appointments for Governors Kathleen Sebelius and Mark Parkinson. He is a graduate of Friends University and Rockhurst University.
Other new staff in Governor Laura Kelly’s Office:
Rhonda Arnold: Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff
Lauren Fitzgerald: Communications Coordinator
Judy Pfeifer: Ceremonial Front Desk Assistant
Taylor Hawkins: Legislative Coordinator
Justin Kim: Appointments Coordinator
Lucas Peterson: Assistant to the Lt. Governor