Meet Josh Daniels

Josh Daniels is the current Chief Deputy Clerk/Auditor where he works with the county budget, finance, purchasing, audit, tax administration, records, and elections teams. Under his leadership, the Clerk/Auditor’s office has received national recognition for election reforms, implemented performance-based budgeting, piloted mobile voting for overseas, elderly, and disabled voters, and offered end-to-end automated marriage licenses. For his work improving efficiencies and increasing election security, Daniels was featured as one of Government Technology's Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers for 2020.

Prior to joining the team at Utah County, Daniels served in a variety of public policy and government relations roles at the federal, state, and local levels. Formerly the senior aide to a US member of congress, Daniels was a key advisor and liaison for regional energy and transportation issues in the Houston region. He is the former policy director for the Libertas Institute, where he worked closely with state leaders on crucial government reforms in Utah. Most recently, Daniels oversaw western regional growth and public policy for an international charter school company. Public service is integral to his life and political philosophy and he served his country in the US Marines, including a combat tour to Fallujah, Iraq. Daniels studied economics and political science at Brigham Young University and received his law degree from the University of Houston. He lives in Saratoga Springs, Utah with his wife, Amy, and their four children. When he’s not fighting for freedom, Daniels enjoys coaching his children's wrestling team, competing in triathlons, and chairing the board of a local charter school.

EDUCATION

  • B.A., Brigham Young University

    • Major studies: Political Science

    • Minor studies: Economics, Business
       

  • J.D., University of Houston

    • Relevant studies: Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Oil/Gas Law, Law & Economics

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Utah County, Chief Deputy Clerk/Auditor

    • Led a department of 7 divisions consisting of a staff of over 50 team members

    • Oversaw a training and development program to transform office culture and improve operations

    • Managed day-to-day operations for the department
       

  • Pearson Online & Blended Learning, Sr. Director of State Relations, Western US

    • Led efforts to support Connections Academy online charter schools across a 10 state region serving over 12,000 students

    • Conducted government relations, regulatory compliance, and public policy efforts to support innovation in student learning
       

  • Libertas Institute Utah, Policy Director

    • Led efforts to advocate successfully for policy reforms aimed at protecting liberty in Utah
       

  • US House of Representatives, Senior Aide to US Rep. Pete Olson (TX22, Houston TX)

    • Led efforts in the district office to ensure local and regional policy needs were met

    • Managed re-election campaigns in 2010 & 2012
       

  • United State Marine Corps, Platoon Sergeant, Vehicle Commander, Team & Section Leader

    • Led a platoon of 50 including 6 different functional sections on multiple diplomatic and training missions in the Kingdom of Morocco

    • Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallujah 2007-2008. Served as vehicle commander and squad leader during combat operations in the Al Anbar Province. Awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for superior performance in Iraq.

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