Dan Patterson - Prosecuting Attorney
Dan has had the privilege of serving the citizens of Greene County as the elected prosecutor or as an assistant prosecutor for eighteen years. Prior to his election in 2010, Dan served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, as First Assistant leading the Major Crimes Unit and as Chief Assistant responsible for day to day operations of the office. Dan began his career as a prosecutor prosecuting sexual assaults and child abuse and has since tried numerous cases from traffic offenses to homicides. Dan also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney under the Project Safe Neighborhoods program.
Dan is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Missouri Army National Guard and currently serves as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the 35th Infantry Division. Dan has deployed with his Missouri National Guard units twice: first, with the 135th Field Artillery Brigade, in support of the homeland defense mission Operation Noble Eagle and, most recently, as the Deputy Command Judge Advocate for Multi-National Task Force East, Kosovo Forces 10. Dan is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, the Judge Advocate General's Corps Advanced Course and the Command & General Staff College. Dan's military decorations include: the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal.
Dan is a member of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association and serves on the Bench and Bar Committee. In 2013, Dan was appointed to serve on the Missouri Task Force on Children’s Justice. Dan also serves our community on the Child Advocacy Center Stakeholders Committee, the Victim Center Board, the Harmony House Board, the Ozarks Fighting Back Advisory Board and the Community Partnership of the Ozarks Child Abuse and Neglect Collaborative. Dan is a POST certified instructor and enjoys teaching at Springfield Police Department Academy. Dan is active in the Springfield Sunrise Rotary Club and enjoys teaching in the club's volunteer Character Education program at Wilson's Creek School. Dan attends Christ Episcopal Church with his family. Dan is an Eagle Scout and has served as an adult leader in local Boy Scout organizations.
Dan is a 1986 graduate of Springfield's Kickapoo High School. He completed his undergraduate degree majoring in Business Administration at Oklahoma State University in 1990 and obtained his law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 1993, graduating Cum Laude. While attending law school, Dan was a member of and served on the editorial board of the Missouri Law Review.