Learn About Chip Dawson


Chip was born and raised with two younger brothers and a young sister in the California Bay Area. His mother was a substitute teacher, and his father owned his own chain of magic stores before entering the technical marketing field. Chip played baseball, football, and track as a youth. He earned his Eagle Scout award at 13 years old. He later went on to earn three Eagle Scout palms and became a Brotherhood Member of the Order of the Arrow as well. During his senior year of high school, he was elected to serve the students of the Milpitas Unified School District as a student board member. His parents and siblings were involved in local educational and civic efforts, and their example inspired Chip to live a life of public service.

When he was 19, he lived for two years in the Philippines while serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spending time on the islands of Luzon, Mindoro, and Palawan. HIs love for the Philippines, the language of Tagalog, and the amazing people there is still a source of joy for him. His service there had a profound impact on his desire to work in public service.

Chip attended West Valley College in Saratoga, California and earned an associates degree in “Liberal Studies” (just a California term for general studies…) which allowed him to transfer to San Jose State University. Chip always worked part-time or full-time to help pay for his studies. At San Jose State, he studied business administration with an emphasis in marketing. Later, he attended Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco but did not graduate. While he had hoped law school would allow him to serve the public as a prosecutor, he found law school a challenge because there was very little room for creative solutions to the challenges the public and government face. He later earned a Master’s in Public Administration (M.P.A.) from Southern Utah University. He was awarded an academic scholarship while studying at SUU.

Chip has always wanted to serve people through local government. In 2006 he came to work at South Jordan City as an unpaid intern and was later hired full-time.. He has served as a Neighborhood Services Coordinator, a Code Enforcement Supervisor, a Public Information Officer for seven years, a public affairs liaison for the City Manager’s office, and an intergovernmental affairs coordinator for nearly a decade. Chip helped to organize a civics education program known as South Jordan University. He tracked hundreds of bills on behalf of the City with the Utah Legislature, and helped research, advocate, and write several bills related to municipal government.

In April 2017, Chip was appointed by the South Jordan Mayor and City Council to serve as the City Treasurer. He has completed trainings in internal financial controls. He’s served the Utah Association of Public Treasurers as both a board member and as board treasurer. From the Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada he has earned both the Certified Public Funds Investment Manager and the Advanced Certified Public Funds Investment Manager. He will earn his Certified Financial Administrator designation from the Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada in July of 2021. He is currently studying for the exam for the Certified Public Treasurer designation from the Association for Financial Professionals in July of 2021.

Chip is married to Whitney, a graduate of BYU, and they are the proud parents of Abby (14), Quinn (12), Madeline (10) and Jane (7).