April 19, 2023
ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO – St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann today appointed Joseph G. McCulloch to the position of St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney.
“Joe McCulloch is an experienced trial attorney with a broad range of experience in criminal law, ranging from traffic offenses to homicide,” says County Executive Ehlmann. “His conservative, law-and-order background makes him the ideal candidate for Prosecuting Attorney.”
McCulloch started his career as a St. Louis City police officer. During his 20-year tenure with that department, he served as a patrol officer, detective sergeant in the Special Narcotics Unit, homicide detective, and acting commander. He earned his law degree from Saint Louis University while working full time as a police officer.
“Joe understands the challenges facing our community with crime rising in the region,” says Tom Hughes, former police officer and Republican leader in St. Charles County. “He is tough, but fair. He will have strong support among law enforcement and has great respect in the legal community.”
McCulloch began his legal career in 2000 as an assistant prosecuting attorney in St. Charles County. In 2002, he started his own legal practice, specializing in criminal defense, personal injury, and family law. During this time, he also served as legal counsel for several police organizations and represented rank-and-file officers, as well as command officers, in internal investigations.
Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey says, “Joe McCulloch is uniquely qualified and has the right experience to serve as prosecutor for St. Charles County. He has the judgement and disposition to serve in this critical role at a time the region needs the best to protect our families.”
Since earning his law degree, McCulloch has served as a municipal judge and judicial instructor. He also has served as a member of the St. Charles County Convention and Sports Facilities Authority.
While previously serving on the St. Charles County Council as a Democrat, McCulloch re-aligned his political views after the Democratic Party moved away from supporting working people and police officers. That alignment was solidified when Democrats supported defunding the police.
“I have been impressed with Mr. McCulloch since he was an assistant prosecutor in my courtroom when I was a judge,” says County Executive Ehlmann. “He shares my belief and support in law enforcement. I also know from working with him as a County Council member that he has a strong commitment to public safety.”
The St. Charles County Council will vote on McCulloch’s confirmation at the 7 p.m., Monday, April 24 regular Council meeting. If confirmed by the Council, McCulloch will assume the position of Prosecuting Attorney effective May 1, 2023, with the term ending on Dec. 31, 2024.