Kevin F. Howard is one of five Chief of Trials in the District Attorney's Office. In this position he is responsible for supervising two criminal courtroom trial teams, Reading Central Court scheduling, as well as keeping his own caseload, usually homicides and other violent crimes. In addition, his duties include assisting local police departments in the areas of murder investigations and other major crimes. Mr. Howard is also part of the District Attorney's Nuisance Bar Project as well as an instructor of criminal law and criminal procedure at the Reading Police Academy.
Mr. Howard joined the District Attorney's Office in March of 2000 as an Assistant District Attorney. He was assigned for a time to the Juvenile Court Division, but by the end of 2000 he was re-assigned to an adult criminal courtroom. In 2003, Mr. Howard was selected to prosecute gun crimes as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods under the supervision of M. Theresa Johnson.
In 2006, Mr. Howard was designated a Special Assistant United States Attorney as part of the Federal Route 222 Corridor Program administered by the Department of Justice. In this role, Mr. Howard worked with local police departments, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the U.S. Attorney's Office to identify cases appropriate for federal prosecution. Also in 2006, Mr. Howard was promoted to his current position of Chief of Trials.
Mr. Howard grew up outside of Trenton, New Jersey. He attended West Chester University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He worked in the Chester County courthouse while attending Widener University School of Law in the evening division.