Steven Wheeler became the Pennsylvania Auto Theft Prevention Authority's executive director in April of 2014. For more than three decades, Wheeler has held a number of positions in local, regional, and statewide law enforcement. He began as an officer with the Freeland Borough Police Department in Luzerne County and went on to join the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General as a narcotics agent. He then held a variety of investigative, management, and executive positions with the Attorney General’s Office before retiring in 2013 as Chief of Criminal Investigations. In that capacity, he led nearly 300 agents in the criminal law division investigating a variety of crimes including narcotics trafficking, public corruption, health care fraud, insurance fraud, environmental crimes, and other offenses. Wheeler then served as Chief of Police in Middletown Borough, Dauphin County before joining ATPA.
Wheeler is a graduate of Moravian College and holds a Master of Public Administration degree (with distinction) from Gannon University. He has served as adjunct faculty at Alvernia University and has extensive experience as a law enforcement trainer and instructor. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, the Dauphin County Chiefs Association, and the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association.