Klamath County Board of Commissioners
Kelley Minty Morris
Kelley Minty Morris serves as the chair of the Klamath County Board of Commissioners. Elected in 2014, Commissioner Morris is committed to improving economic opportunities in Klamath County, making county government more effective, and fostering a greater connection between the local university, Oregon Tech, and the Klamath Basin. Commissioner Morris was appointed by Oregon’s Governor to serve as a Trustee for Oregon Tech and was selected by her colleagues to Chair the search committee for a new University President in 2016. Kelley was also elected to the Board of the Association of O & C Counties, to the Chair the South Central Oregon Economic Development District and was appointed by the Secretary of the Interior to serve on the Southwest Oregon Resource Advisory Council for the Bureau of Land Management.
Commissioner Morris is passionate about health and serves as the Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for the Blue Zones Project. Klamath Falls was chosen as the first Blue Zones project demonstration community in the state. The Blue Zones project incorporates both built environment and policy changes to improve community health outcomes.
Kelley grew up in the Willamette Valley and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Pacific Lutheran University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Business. Kelley moved to Klamath Falls to start her 12-year journalism career as a reporter and anchor for KOTI-TV. She went on to work in television in Upstate New York as well, before returning to Klamath County to begin a new chapter in public service. Kelley spent 5 years as the Communications and Outreach Manager for the non-profit Citizens for Safe Schools before running for elected office. Kelley shares her Klamath Falls home with her husband Dean and the puppies they adopted from the Klamath Humane Society, Jesse and Christian. When she’s not attending meetings, you can often find Kelley hiking, running, in a yoga studio or at a Crossfit gym.