DWIGHT K. SCROGGINS, JR. - PROSECUTING ATTORNEY
Dwight K. Scroggins, Jr. is the elected Prosecuting Attorney for Buchanan County. He has served in that position for 23 years. Mr. Scroggins graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 1979. He served as an assistant State Public Defender for Buchanan County for more than 6 years. He was in the private practice of law from 1979-1990. In 1988, Mr. Scroggins became an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Buchanan County and served in that position until being elected Prosecuting Attorney in 1990.
Mr. Scroggins is a regular presenter at statewide forums on children’s issues, domestic violence, sexual assault and victims’ rights issues. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Missouri Victim Assistance Network and past President of the organization. He has served on the Governor’s Advisory Board on Child Support Enforcement, Missouri’s Task Force on Children’s Justice, the Governor’s Commission on DWI and Impaired Driving, the Governor’s Commission on Child Abuse and Neglect and the Women’s Health Council for the State of Missouri.
Mr. Scroggins currently serves on the Board of the Missouri Office of Prosecution Services, is President of the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, and is on the Advisory Board for the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee at Missouri Western State University. He co-chairs the Missouri Highway Safety Council’s committee on DWI and serves on numerous local boards and committees.
During Mr. Scroggins tenure as Prosecuting Attorney there have been several noteworthy advancements. Child Support collections have risen over 700%, from approximately $2,000,000 to over $14,000,000 annually and the Buchanan County’s child support unit is the leading child support unit in the State of Missouri in almost every area. The State of Missouri adopted Buchanan County’s model in 2008 and it is now being used in every Missouri County. He is a co-founder of Buchanan County’s Drug Court which was created to treat drug and alcohol addicted offenders. He co-founded the Buchanan County Domestic Violence Court, the first of its’ kind in Missouri. He co-founded the Missouri Narcotic’s Officers Association which now includes over 350 members statewide. He helped develop and build the first child advocacy center in Missouri located in St. Joseph, Missouri. There are now child advocacy centers in over 20 Missouri counties. And, Mr. Scroggins helped to develop the first program in Missouri dealing with educational neglect, designed to get absent children back to school.
Ronald R. Holliday - First Assistant
Ronald R. Holliday, First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, has been with the Buchanan County Prosecutor’s Office since 2005. Mr. Holliday served as the Prosecuting Attorney for Andrew County, Missouri from 1982 to 1990. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Missouri, his Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Central Missouri State University, and graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law.
Laura B. Donaldson - Assistant Prosecutor
Laura B. Donaldson, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, has been with the Buchanan County Prosecutor’s Office since 1988, and currently prosecutes Child Support cases. Ms. Donaldson prosecuted drug cases from 1990-1994, and sex crimes from 1994-2005. Ms. Donaldson obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from William Jewell College, her Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Kansas, and graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law.
Kate H. Schaefer - Assistant Prosecutor
Kate Schaefer, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, has been with the Buchanan County Prosecutor’s Office since 2003. Ms. Schaefer currently specializes in the field of physical and sexual abuse of adults and children. She is a member of the Sexual Assault Response Team (S.A.R.T) and the Buchanan County Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) for the prevention and prosecution of child physical and sexual abuse. Ms. Schaefer previously specialized in the field of domestic violence. Ms. Schaefer was a key collaborator in the creation of the Buchanan County Domestic Violence Court Program. Ms. Schaefer obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Legal Studies from Missouri Western State University, and graduated from Chapman University School of Law in Orange, California. Ms. Schaefer is licensed to practice law in Missouri and California.
Kristina S. Zeit - Assistant Prosecutor
Kristina S. Zeit, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, has been with the Buchanan County Prosecutor’s Office since 2006, and currently prosecutes domestic violence cases. Ms. Zeit obtained a degree in Business Administration from the University of Kansas, and graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law.
Monica Morrey - Assistant Prosecutor
Monica J. Morrey, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, has been with the Buchanan County Prosecutor's Office since 2016. Ms. Morrey received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in World Literature from Truman State University in 2011 and her Juris Doctorate from Washburn University School of Law in 2016.
Joshua C. Bachman - Assistant Prosecutor
Joshua C. Bachman, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, has been with the Buchanan County Prosecutor's Office since 2016. In 2005, Mr. Bachman received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania, and his Master of Arts and Juris Doctorate in 2009 from Regent University in Virginia. Mr. Bachman served over five years as an attorney for the Public Defender's Office and two years in private practice.
MICHELLE DAVIDSON - ASSISTANT PROSECUTOR
Michelle Davidson, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, began working with the Buchanan County Prosecutor’s Office in 2018. She has been a licensed attorney in Missouri for 18 years specializing in the area of criminal law. Ms. Davidson obtained her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She graduated cum laude from Missouri Western State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting.
Ms. Davidson began her career in public service in 2001 when she joined the Buchanan County Public Defender’s Office. She rose through the ranks and from 2005-2008 she was the District Defender charged with managing that office. In 2008, Ms. Davidson transferred to the Fourth Circuit Public Defender’s Office where she continued to serve as the District Defender until joining the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in 2018.
As a trial attorney, Ms. Davidson has handled over 30 jury trials which include cases of first degree murder and other serious crimes against persons. She has also served as an elected council member of the Young Lawyers Section of the Missouri Bar.