Alumni in the News

Mr. Curtis Koch – B.S., Business Administration, 2002 and Steve Sheldon Rawlings – B.S., Accounting, 1969

Ogden Standard Examiner

While Davis County Clerk/Auditor Steve Rawlings announces he will be retiring at the end of this year, anticipating some away family time in Idaho, the county’s chief deputy of finance, Curtis Koch, is eager to jump in where Rawlings is finishing off. But it is only a coincidence the pair, with almost 30 years of age difference between them, are natives of Preston, the same Idaho hometown. “(The Koch family) actually moved in here after we left (Preston in 1965),” Rawlings said of how he and Koch never made their acquaintance in Preston. However, it is no coincidence the pair, Rawlings and Koch, recently made their political intentions known in a joint news release to the Standard-Examiner. “It has been my greatest honor to have served the people of Davis County for the past 16 years as the clerk/auditor," Rawlings said. Prior to being elected clerk/auditor, Rawlings, a Republican, served as the county’s director of finance from 1990 to 1998. And that is where Koch, the name pronounced like the soft drink, comes in. “I have always been interested in politics, but this is the first time I have (run for) office,” said Koch, 37, of Layton, who intends on filing as a Republican candidate for the clerk/auditor position. There are no Democrats who hold a partisan office in Davis County. It has been more than 20 years since one did. Koch said he has lived in Davis County for about 12 years, having worked for the county 11 1/2 of those years. He graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, later receiving his MBA from the Weber State University-Davis campus in Layton. “I am excited to continue moving Davis County forward in the areas of responsible financial accountability and governmental transparency,” Koch said. His current duties give him direct oversight of the county’s finance, audit, purchasing and budget processes. “There is no other person better suited for the office,” Rawlings said of Koch. “Over the past 10 years, I have watched (Koch) perform in a variety of capacities. He has the ability to bring people together while working through challenging issues. His integrity is unmatched,” Rawlings said. The filing period for county candidates to file for office runs March 14 through the close of business at 5 p.m. March 20.