New deputy DA isn’t in Kansas anymore
August 5, 2008
ASPEN ” Kevin Stephenson has traveled a long road to get to Aspen.
A veteran prosecutor, Stephenson, 52, clad in a cowboy hat, has a no-nonsense attitude and a long history in the service of the government.
As the new deputy district attorney in the upper valley, Stephenson replaces new Judge Gail Nichols in covering felony cases.
He comes to Aspen on the heals of some 14 months doing pro-bono work in his native Greensburg, Kansas, which was devastated by a tornado in May 2007.
A veteran Army intelligence officer, Stephenson graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law and took up work in government law, first as an assistant county attorney and then as a prosecutor in Kansas.
He worked as an attorney for All State Insurance, then in the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office and in private practice.
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The divorced father of two moved to the valley in a mobile trailer, thinking it would be an easy start to finding housing.
“I haven’t found a place to put it,” Stephenson said of his trailer, adding that housing is a serious issue in the area ” not just for service-industry folks but for working professionals as well.
Stephenson said he is awaiting his Colorado law license to take over as a full-time district attorney, which he expects within the month. For now he is shadowing Deputy District Attorney Tony Hershey, clerking for the prosecutor’s office and catching up on ongoing cases.
“A community like this has its own unique problems,” Stephenson said.
He promised an “open-door policy” regarding the press, saying it is part of his job to “keep the public and the press informed about what’s going on.”