James “Greg” Cox began his correctional career in November of 1981 as a Correctional Officer for the Illinois Department of Corrections. He received his Bachelors degree in Political Science from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where he was awarded Dean’s List, in May of 1981.
During his career with the Illinois Department of Corrections, he was assigned to the Logan Correctional Center, the Lincoln Correctional Center, the Pontiac Correctional Center, and the Springfield Work Camp. During his twenty-two years there, he held the positions of Correctional Officer, Correctional Lieutenant, Correctional Captain, Major, Assistant Warden and he became a Warden in 1998. He retired from the Illinois system on June 30, 2003.
In December, 2003 Director Cox joined our Department as the Warden of Southern Desert Correctional Center. He became the Warden of High Desert State Prison on August 23, 2004.
In October of 2004, Director Cox was selected to be the new Assistant Director of Operations, effective January 1, 2005.
Since that promotion he has implemented numerous facility enhancement programs and reporting systems for Nevada Wardens and their management teams. He strives for continuous improvement and encourages his staff to “think outside the box” and is always open to new ideas and suggestions.
Director Cox also has experience in the following areas: Media Coordinator, Liaison to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Liaison to the Nevada Statewide Evacuation Taskforce, Legislative presentations, and the administrator of a $31 million budget.
Furthermore, Director Cox is a member of the American Correctional Association, the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation, and the National Major Gangs Taskforce.
Additionally he has received Specialized Training from both the National Institute of Corrections and the Correctional Management Institute of Texas in Emergency Preparedness: Incident Command System for Corrections. He also attends the National Institute of Corrections Executive Forum for Directors every year and has received training from the American Correctional Association. Director Cox is a proponent of additional education and training for staff of all levels.