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About DA

Sunday, April 20, 2014 08:17

Our Mission

The District Attorney’s Office will protect the safety of the public through a fair application of the law. The office seeks to achieve this by implementing the following values:

  • Earn and maintain public trust by exhibiting personal integrity and professionalism,
  • Advocate for victims’ rights,
  • Cooperate with partner agencies,
  • Responsibly manage public funds, and
  • Treat all individuals with fairness and sensitivity.


Steve Howe 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 the 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 an assistant district attorney in Johnson County in 1991, where he prosecuted a myriad of cases touching on virtually all aspects of criminal law.  Steve left the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office in early 2007.  Steve entered private practice with The Jones Law Firm in Overland Park, Kansas, tackling a wide variety of litigations.  Unable to shake his passion for justice, Steve continued to prosecute violations of the Kansas Consumer Protection Act through civil actions against those who seek to take advantage of his fellow Kansans.  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 Johnson County District Attorney.

Steve was instrumental in the establishment of the first consumer fraud/white collar investigation unit within the Johnson County District Attorney's office. Steve is a widely recognized expert in the prosecution of those who abuse dependent and elder adults. 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 2010, with the assistance of law enforcement, S.R.S. and medical professionals, Steve established Financial Abuse Specialist Teams (F.A.S.T.) to quickly identify, react to, and investigate elder abuse.  In response to domestic violence in the community, in 2011 Steve implemented the first Kansas lethality assessment which has been proven to be an effective tool in identifying and reducing domestic violence.

A Johnson County resident since 1991, Steve is committed to providing an effective and efficient office focused on protecting the people of Johnson County.  Steve resides in Shawnee with his wife Cyndi and their four children.  

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