Councilman Steven Menchel

Current Term


Biographical Information

Steven Menchel is a lifelong law enforcement officer and manager with over 38 years of experience. Steven’s professional background includes 24 years of executive level managerial experience with the U.S. Customs Service Office of Investigation, The Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Army - detail to the White House Protective Operations. Steven proudly served three years in the U.S. Army and received an honorable discharge.

Menchel has commanded a broad range of high-level assignments to include serving as the Assistant to the Special Agent In Charge, Homeland Security in Houston, TX; the National Program Manager for Covert/Undercover Operations for the U.S. Customs Service at Headquarters in Washington, D.C.; the U.S. Customs Chief of Regional Intelligence in New Orleans, Louisiana; and the U.S. Customs Deputy Assistant Regional Commissioner, New Orleans, Louisiana. Menchel supervised the National Management Inspection program and traveled throughout the nation conducting office inspections to insure compliance with policies and procedures.

Steven is the recipient of numerous honors, awards, and commendations including the Department of Treasury Albert Gallatin Award for Integrity (the Department of Treasury’s highest career service award), the U.S. Customs Service Supervisor of the Year, and the New Orleans Metropolitan Crime Commission Excellence in Supervisory Law Enforcement Award. Steven and his wife, Vivian, enjoy all water sports, especially fishing and diving. They have one daughter, Amy, son-in-law, Jeff, grandson Blake and a granddaughter Brynn.

Council Appointments to Local & Regional Committees

  • Chairman of the City of Destin Public Works/Public Safety committee.

  • Vice Chairman of the Local Planning Agency (LPA)

Community Involvement

  • City of Destin Adopt-A-Street program
  • Destin Junior Lifeguard Polar Bear fundraiser
  • Emerald Coast Hospice
  • Okaloosa County Republican Executive Committee