Protecting the Rights of All Community Members
and community support
About STEVE GUNNELS
A longtime resident of Central Oregon, Steve Gunnels has served as a Deschutes County prosecutor for 27 years. His experience includes the successful prosecution of some of the most serious crimes committed in Deschutes County. Gunnels, a Redmond High graduate, attended Oregon State University and Georgetown University Law School. He and his wife have raised their family in Central Oregon and are committed to this community.
Steve Gunnels worked with Judge Alta Brady and a team of professionals to design and implement the Deschutes County Family Drug Court Program. For the past 15 years, Gunnels has served as the Family Drug Court and Adult Treatment Court prosecutor. “I have seen people enter the program in the throes of addiction, and with the help of the program, embrace sobriety, reunite with their families and become healthy, productive members of our community,” said Gunnels.
His experience includes working as Special Assistant U.S Attorney prosecuting felony offenses including major drug, money laundering and firearm offenses. Teaching law enforcement on a variety of legal issues, speaking to community groups and school classes about the criminal justice system.
Awards include the 2021 Champion of Rights of Victims Award, Oregon Prosecutor of the Year 2004, and CO-Oregon Prosecutor of the Year 2010.
A collaborative approach to solving the issues that impact community safety and justice.
COMMUNITY SAFETY AND JUSTICE GOALS INCLUDE:
Retaining the excellent prosecutors and staff in our office who contribute to our mission every day.
Completing the implementation and assessment of all existing and new programs using objective, evidence-based criteria.
As the court and community grow and as we assess the best path forward for our county, keeping open lines of communication with community partners and individuals who wish to be heard.
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