Steve is in his second term as At-Large Council Member and first term as Vice Mayor, a position to which he was elected in 2014.
In his first term as an At-Large Council Member, Steve served as Chair of the General Government Committee and served on the following additional standing committees of Council: Budget, Economic Development, Planning & Zoning, and Social Services. He also served on the Mayor’s Commission on Homelessness (Chair) and the Picnic with the Pops Commission.
As Vice Mayor, Steve continues to serve on the following: Design Excellence Task Force (Chair); Infill and Redevelopment Steering Committee (Co-chair); Metropolitan Planning Organization; Corridors Commission; University of Kentucky President’s Sustainability Advisory Committee. He also serves on the following standing committees of Council: Environmental Quality & Public Works; Budget, Finance & Economic Development; Planning & Public Safety.
While serving on council, Steve continues his work as a partner of Roberts & Kay, Inc. (RKI), a research and organization development firm Steve co-founded in 1983.
Steve’s opportunities to contribute to civic life in Lexington have included service on the boards of the Lexington Transit Authority (LexTran) and the Martin Luther King Neighborhood Association. He is a former Vice Chair of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Planning Commission and a former president of the board of the Good Foods Coop.
Steve earned a B.A. from Bowdoin College, an M.A. from Yale University, and an Ed.D from the University of Kentucky. He is married to Rona Roberts and has three grown sons, three wonderful daughters-in-law, and three charming grandchildren.