Ed Phillips was born and raised in Millard County. He attended Millard County schools, eventually graduating from Millard High School. He served 13 years in the Utah US Army National Guard. His first fulltime occupation was in the heavy construction industry, where he worked as a heavy equipment operator and also in several management and supervisory positions. Choosing to finally settle in his hometown of Kanosh, Ed made a change-of-career decision, seeking election to the office of Millard County Sheriff. Elected to that office in 1978 he continued in his new career in law enforcement and public service until 2006. After choosing not to seek re-election that year, Ed later accepted the appointment as Deputy Commissioner of Public Safety for the State of Utah, finally retiring in 2008.
Ed’s interest in government at all levels, began early in life, likely because both of his parents fueled that interest by example through discussion and community involvement. Ed’s view of partisan politics has evolved over the years, especially as it relates to local government. His position is that all elected county government offices have zero to do with partisanship and everything to do with policy, leadership, and accountability.
Ed’s experience in county and state government is extensive, mostly centered around public safety issues, but has also extended, on occasion, into other related issues such as risk management, personnel management, insurance issues, homeland security, etc. He has served in numerous state, regional, and national leadership positions. Most important was the knowledge and experience gained in his 27+ years