Greg Cox (politician)

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Greg Cox
Member of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors for District 1
Assumed office
January 1995
Personal details
Political partyRepublican
Alma materSan Diego State University (BA) (MA)

Greg Cox is an American elected official in San Diego, California. He serves as a member of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, where he has been the County Supervisor of District 1 for over twenty years.[1] He is a member of the Republican party, although he has also been endorsed by prominent local Democratic politicians.[2]

Cox is the incumbent president of the National Association of Counties, a nonprofit organization that represents county governments in federal affairs.[3][4] In this role, he has focused on helping counties improving services for constituents.[5] As president of the NACo, he is advised by consultant and former San Diego County administrator Walt Ekard, at the expense of San Diego County.[5] Cox is also a former president of the California State Association of Counties and League of California Cities.[3][6]

As County Supervisor, he has voted to fund a number of regional construction projects and programs intended to address homelessness in the county.[7] He was the sole dissenter in a 2018 Board of Supervisors vote siding with the administration of President Donald Trump against California's sanctuary state law, Senate Bill 54; Cox called the vote a waste of money, and expressed the concern that it could increase distrust of law enforcement.[8][9] In 2016, he reported himself to a watchdog group and paid a $3,000 fine after realizing he had failed to disclose a conflict of interest relating to a vote on a permit for SeaWorld San Diego, in which his wife, Cheryl Cox—also a former mayor of Chula Vista—held stock.[10] In campaigns, he has stressed his support for the development project in the Chula Vista Bayfront, for law enforcement, and for environmental protection regulations.[6]

Cox served as mayor of Chula Vista from 1981 until 1990, a role in which he was very popular.[11][12] He was investigated in 1997 by the state Fair Political Practices Commission for failing to include a $2.2 million commercial Home Federal Savings loan in his interest disclosure; he admitted making an "oversight", but was eventually cleared by the Commission of any wrongdoing.[13][14] After his resignation in 1990, he worked as Director for Local Government in the state Office of Planning and Research.[11]

Cox's current constituency, District 1, includes the cities of Coronado, Imperial Beach, Chula Vista, National City and communities within San Diego including Barrio Logan, Chollas View, Grant Hill, La Playa, Lincoln Park, Logan Heights, Memorial, Mount Hope, Mountain View, Nestor, Otay Mesa, Palm City, Point Loma, San Ysidro, Shelltown, Sherman Heights, Southcrest, Stockton, Sunset Cliffs and parts of downtown San Diego. The district also includes the unincorporated communities of Bonita, Sunnyside, Lincoln Acres, and East Otay Mesa.[2][15]


  1. ^ "Supervisor Greg Cox Kicks Off Campaign for Sixth Term - Times of San Diego". Times of San Diego. 12 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b Stewart, Joshua (2015-11-25). "Cox's big profile keeps competition at bay". Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  3. ^ a b Sklar, Debbie (2018-07-16). "SD Supervisor Greg Cox to Head National Association of Counties". Times of San Diego. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  4. ^ "Greg Cox named incoming President of National Association of Counties". McKinnon. 2018-01-08. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  5. ^ a b McDonald, Jeff (2018-07-17). "San Diego County pays former administrator to advise Supervisor Greg Cox in national role". Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  6. ^ a b Jennewein, Chris (2015-05-12). "Supervisor Greg Cox Kicks Off Campaign for Sixth Term". Times of San Diego. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  7. ^ Sampite-Montecalvo, Allison (2017-08-07). "County Supervisor Greg Cox delivers annual address". Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  8. ^ Jennewein, Chris (2018-04-17). "Supervisors Vote 3-1 to Back 'Sanctuary' Challenge, But Deadline Has Passed". Times of San Diego. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  9. ^ "Cox is lone vote against Trump lawsuit support". The Star News. 2018-04-19. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  10. ^ Stewart, Joshua (2016-04-05). "Greg Cox facing $3K penalty". Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  11. ^ a b "SAN DIEGO COUNTY PERSPECTIVE : Greg Cox for 77th Assembly". latimes. 1992-05-12. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  12. ^ Reza, H.G. (1991-06-02). "Chula Vista Voters Have Big Field to Pick From in Mayoral Race : Election: January death of Gayle McCandliss necessitated Tuesday's special balloting". latimes. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  13. ^ Kraul, Chris (1987-06-20). "Chula Vista Mayor Admits 'Oversight' on Loan". latimes. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  14. ^ "Chula Vista Mayor Cox Cleared of Conflict of Interest by FPPC". latimes. 1987-12-15. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  15. ^ "Board of Supervisors".