District Attorney Kevin R. Steele
Kevin R. Steele was sworn in as the elected District Attorney of Montgomery County on January 4, 2016. As District Attorney, Steeleseeks justice for victims of crime and prosecutes those who commit crimes. Steele leads an office of prosecutors and detectives who together investigate and prosecute more than 9,500 criminal cases annually. His priorities are attacking the heroin-opioid-fentanyl epidemic on multiple fronts, implementing a concerted effort in Pottstown through the newly created Pottstown Community Prosecution Unit and providing needed support to law enforcement throughout the county.
Steele has been serving the people of Montgomery County since joining the District Attorney’s Office in 1995. Before becoming District Attorney, Steele served for eight years as the First Assistant District Attorney, supervising the legal staff overseeing the operations in the District Attorney's Office. He also worked closely with the Montgomery County Detective Bureau as well as the Pennsylvania State Police and local law enforcement officers, oversaw all county homicide investigations and non-consensual wiretaps, and maintained a caseload that he prosecuted personally. Prior to being named First Assistant DA under Risa Vetri Ferman in 2008, Steele served as the Chief of Trials Division and before that, the Captain of the Narcotics Unit.
DA Steele became a prosecutor in 1992 when he was sworn in as a Deputy District Attorney in Dauphin County, Pa., where he worked for three years. He has also previously worked for the Department of Justice in Wilmington, Del.; the Office of the United States Attorneys in Washington, D.C.; and United States Secret Service in Washington, D.C. During his prosecutorial career, Steele has also been sworn as a Special Deputy Attorney General and a Special Assistant District Attorney in Adams County. He has successfully prosecuted first-degree murder cases in Montgomery, Dauphin and Adams counties. Steele received the “2012-2013 Award for Outstanding Trial Advocacy in Capital Cases” for his role in obtaining the death penalty in an Adams County case where a law enforcement officer was killed in the line of duty.
Beyond trial work, Steele is a noted educator. For more than 10 years, he has been teaching in the sociology and criminology department at Cabrini College and was recently honored with the “Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.” He is also on faculty at the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Institute and received its “Distinguished Faculty Award.” In 2106, Steele was elected by his colleagues to the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute.
Active in community service, Steele is the immediate past president of the Penn State Alumni Association, an alumni representative on the Penn State Board of Trustees, a board member of the Montgomery County Child Advocacy Project, a board member of Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center, vice president of the Penn Wynne-Overbrook Hills Fire Company Board of Directors and a member of the Education & Training Committee of the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Institute. Steele also previously served as board president for the Penn Wynne Civic Association, president of the Graduate School Alumni Society for Penn State and on the Board of Directors for Big Brother Big Sisters of Montgomery County.
Steele received a Master of Laws Degree in Trial Advocacy from Temple University, a law degree from Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law and an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from The George Washington University.