Steve is a native Kansan, growing up in Salina. Steve graduated from Washburn University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Criminal Justice and Political Science in 1985. Shortly after graduation, he entered Washburn Law School with a goal of becoming a prosecutor. This led to his internships in the office of then Kansas Attorney General Robert Stephan and in the Shawnee County District Attorney’s Office. Steve Graduated from Washburn University School of Law in 1988.
Following graduation, Steve honed his prosecutorial skills as an assistant district attorney in Shawnee County. Steve’s record of performance in Shawnee County led to his becoming assistant district attorney in Johnson County in 1991, where he prosecuted a myriad of cases touching on virtually all aspects of criminal law. During those 15 years, he supervised several units within the office and was instrumental in establishment of the office’s consumer fraud/white collar unit in 2002. He is a widely recognized expert in the prosecution of those who abuse dependent and elder adults and his expertise in this area led to appearances before the Kansas Legislature while spearheading the successful passage of legislation protecting the most vulnerable in our community.
In 2008, with 18 years of experience as a prosecutor, scores of prosecutions and over 90 jury trials, Steve successfully ran for and was elected as Johnson County District Attorney. Now, in his third term, he is continuing to work with law enforcement and partner agencies to provide better service to victims and witnesses. A Johnson County resident since 1991, Steve is committed to providing an effective and efficient office focused on protecting the people of Johnson County.