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Senior Staff

Chief Legal Counsel / FOIA Officer

Kahalah Clay

Chief Clay joined the Executive Team of the Prisoner Review Board in December 2021.  A native of E. St. Louis, Chief Clay graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Prior to her time as Chief Legal Counsel, she was the first African American and first female Circuit Clerk of St. Clair County, IL., serving in that capacity for over a decade.  During her Administration, Chief Clay served as the first African American President of the Illinois Association of Court Clerks and was appointed to numerous Illinois Supreme Court Committees including the Commission on Access to Justice, the Committee on Pretrial Reform and Faculty for Judicial Ed Con.

After graduating from law school, Chief Clay served as a full time Public Defender and a solo practitioner with her own firm in Indianapolis, IN.  She also served the people of St. Clair County as an Assistant State’s Attorney prior to her ascension to Circuit Clerk.

In her current capacity, Chief Clay also serves as the Agency’s FOIA, Ethics, and DEIA Officer as well as the Legislative Liaison.

Chief Administrative Officer/Personnel

Nichole Damhoff (Bio forthcoming)

Chief of Operations/Records Supervisor

Tracy Buckley (Bio forthcoming)