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 13 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.