Larimer County Commissioner - District 1

John Kefalas

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(970) 498-7001

PO Box 1190
Fort Collins, CO 80522

Jan 2018 -  Jan 2027
Second of 3 possible 4-year terms

John was elected by a county-wide vote in 2018 and 2022 as Larimer County Commissioner representing District 1, the northern section of the County.  This area encompasses Fort Collins (north of Drake Road), where he lives, LaPorte, Wellington, Waverly, Red Feather Lakes, Livermore, Buckeye and surrounding areas.  He first took office as a Larimer County Commissioner on January 8, 2019.  He was sworn in for his second term on January 10, 2023.

Public and Community Service

  • State Senator, SD-14 (2013-2018): Health/Human Services, Local Government, Capital Development
  • CSU Social Work Adjunct Faculty (2012-2017): public policy analysis graduate courses
  • State Representative, HD-52 (2007-2012)
  • Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance Health Care Working Group (2018-Present)
  • North Fort Collins Business Association - Coats and Boots, Project Smile
  • Governor's Task Force on Welfare Reform (1999-2000)
  • Affordable Housing Coalition-Larimer County
  • Martinez Park Neighbors Association
  • Fort Collins Area Interfaith Council
  • Los Ancianos Unidos – Aztlan Community Center
  • Northern CO Cross-Disabilities Coalition
  • Fort Collins Housing Authority, Board Member (Vice-Chair)
  • New Bridges Daytime Homeless Shelter
  • Citizen Advocate for Person with Down Syndrome
  • Peace Corps Volunteer, Agriculture Extensionist, El Salvador (1979-1980)

Major Legislative Achievements

  • Restoring the Colorado Earned Income Tax Credit to assist 350,000 working families
  • Creating the Advanced Industries Tax Credit to help Colorado start-up companies succeed
  • Modernizing the Colorado Open Records Act to make state and local government more transparent
  • Helping people with disabilities access jobs, savings programs and health services
  • Making it easier for disabled veterans to qualify for property tax exemptions
  • Promoting telemedicine and othealthcarecare innovations
  • Reducing obstacles to disaster relief and rebuilding after the 2013 flood
  • Requiring insurance policies to be written in plain language that consumers can understand
  • Passing laws to fight human trafficking
  • Secured capital construction funds for CSU and FRCC
  • Updated Colorado's mining law to protgroundwaterater and public health from ISL uranium mining


  • Certificate-Senior Executives in State/Local Govt, Harvard Kennedy School of Government (2011)
  • Certificate-Western Legislative Academy, Council of State Governments, West (2010)
  • Master of Arts-Secondary Science Education, Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ (1982)
  • Bachelor of Science-Botany, CSU (1978)


  • Tax Fairness Project Coordinator, Colorado Progressive Coalition
  • Public Policy Advocate/Community Development, Catholic Charities
  • Self-Sufficiency Advisor, Project Self-Sufficiency
  • Employment/Training Counselor, Larimer County Employment/Training Services
  • Migrant Health Outreach Worker, Larimer County Health Department
  • Hispanic Student Mentor, Lesher Junior High School
  • Secondary Teacher - Science & Substitute, Poudre, Thompson R2-J, Weld County 6
  • Independent Living Counselor, Martin Luther Homes
  • Recycle Something


  • Fort Collins and Larimer County home - 42 years; married to Beth - 37 years
  • Two sons and two daughters-in-law; four amazing and brilliant grandchildren
  • Enjoy running, biking, backpacking, gardening and adventuring



    Board of County Commissioners

    200 West Oak, Suite 2200, Fort Collins, CO 80521
    HOURS:  Monday - Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm
    PHONE:  (970) 498-7010