Steve Dawson graduated from Buckhannon/Upshur County High School in 1977. He spent the next 10 years on an oil-drilling rig. In 1987 he went to work for the Buckhannon Police Department. While there, he graduated from the West Virginia State Police Training Academy. In 1988, he went to work for the West Virginia State Police and retired in 2011 as a Captain and Troop Commander at the Elkins Detachment.
In 2012, Dawson went to work for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Police. He retired from that post in 2017.
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