Published on February 17th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
SOLICITOR DAN JOHNSON HONORED AT BIBLE WAY CHURCH
Pictured above from left; Antjuan Seawright, Solicitor Dan Johnson and Pastor Darrell Jackson, Bible Way Church
Story and Photograph by Nicole H. Holland
Solicitor Dan Johnson Recognized for His Contributions to South Carolina History During a Black History Month Tribute at Bible Way.
Columbia, SC – Solicitor Dan Johnson was recognized as a Black History Month Honoree on Sunday, February 16, 2014, during the 8:00am service at Bible Way Church of Atlas Road. In 2010, Johnson became the first African-American elected as the Solicitor for the Fifth Judicial Circuit of South Carolina (Richland and Kershaw Counties), and only the third African-American Solicitor elected to serve the state of South Carolina.
Since taking office in 2010, Johnson has been recognized for his innovative ideas and community involvement. He has increased awareness regarding diversion or “second chance programs,” implemented South Carolina’s first comprehensive Veterans Court Program, reduced the backlog of pending cases by about 30% and continued to oversee the disposition of over 10,000 cases annually.
“It is rewarding to see men such as Dan Johnson and Chip Finney [African-American Solicitor for the Third Judicial Circuit in SC] out here working with our youth, and working to prevent crime and keep our communities safe,” said Pastor Darrell Jackson during the service. “It’s a tough job that involves some hard calls, so we need to continue to pray for them,” encouraged Jackson.
Also honored at Bible Way during Black History Month have been Ms. Donella Brown Wilson (at 104-years old, this retired educator is Richland County’s oldest voter) and Richland County Council Chairman Norman Jackson. Next week’s honorees include: University of South Carolina Defensive Coordinator Lorenzo Ward and aspiring model, Kharlybia Roane.
The Honorable Daniel E. Johnson is the 15th Solicitor elected to serve for the Fifth Judicial Circuit of South Carolina.
He served as Chief Deputy and Legal Counsel for the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, where he worked for eight years. While there he assisted the Sheriff in directing the county’s law enforcement programs and performing various legal and administrative duties to ensure the strict enforcement of state and local laws relating to the public’s safety and welfare. Johnson worked closely with Richland County Council and organizations throughout the community, managing the department’s annual budget of 30 million dollars.
A former prosecutor in the Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office, Johnson served as an Assistant Solicitor and Special City Prosecutor for the City of Columbia, while serving on the Violent Crimes Task Force. In 2008, he was one of three finalists for the job as Chief of Police of the City of Columbia.
Solicitor Johnson, a Major and Judge Advocate in the National Guard, is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom with over 11 years of military service. While serving in Korea in the summer of 2010, he received the United States Army Reserve Commander’s Coin and Certificate for Outstanding Performance.
He is a graduate of The Citadel, the University of South Carolina School of Law, and the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. Johnson is a member of the South Carolina Bar and is a former Adjunct Professor at the University of South Carolina. In 2004, he was selected as a member of the Rotary Group Study Exchange Team, traveling to Sweden and engaging in a six-week speaking tour about community policing.
Currently, Solicitor Johnson serves on the board of directors for Centura College, the Domestic Abuse Center and Youth Corps. He is a former member of the Citadel’s Brigadier Foundation Board. He is also a recipient of The Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian award issued by the Governor. Johnson received The Order of the Palmetto for bravery and acts of heroism at the age of twenty-two. In 2011, Solicitor Dan Johnson received the Citadel Alumni Association’s Young Alumnus of the Year Award. In April of 2012, he was named an Outstanding Alumni of the University of South Carolina by the University’s Black Alumni Council and he was inducted into the Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands Alumni Hall of Fame. He is a 2013 Fellow with the Liberty Fellowship Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Solicitor Johnson was born in Washington, D.C., and attended high school in Laurel, Maryland.