Lane names Cox new undersheriff

Sheriff-elect Larry Lane announced Thursday, that he will be appointing Greg Cox as his undersheriff, when he takes office in January. 

Lane said that he had very tough decisions to make while narrowing down the list of possible candidates for the position. 

“In the end, Greg was the best fit for me and for the department moving forward,” Lane said. “Greg is an outstanding officer and investigator. He has an unmatched work ethic and attention to detail. He will be a huge asset to me and our department.” 

Cox has served as a Sequoyah County deputy and an investigator for the sheriff's department and is currently an investigator for the Roland Police Department. 

Cox, who has been in law enforcement since 2005, is excited about the prospect of returning to the Sheriff's Department.

“Larry and I see eye-to-eye on a number of the problems in the county,” Cox said. “Specifically we see the problems with the prescription drugs.”

“In the last eight months or so, we have seen maybe seven deaths that are listed as unattended deaths when in reality someone just went to sleep and never woke up, because of prescription drugs,” he said.

“I know we have a methamphetamine problem,” he said. “We're probably never going to be able to stop it, but we can stay on top of it and work to find solutions to the problem.”

Cox said he has been working on developing a program that will help kids understand the destructiveness of methamphetamine as well as prescription drugs. 

“Not only does drug abuse destroy people's lives, but abusers then move on to other crimes to pay for their habit. We want this up and coming generation to have the knowledge to move forward and they can't do that if they are fighting drug addictions,” Cox said.

Lane said Greg is an outstanding crime-scene investigator and has been instrumental in solving several homicides as well as other major crimes during his career. He is a certified CLEET (Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training) instructor, which will help with in house, continuing training for the deputies. 

“I look forward to helping some of the newer officers with their training, especially with their interview and interrogation,” he said. “My main goal as undersheriff will be to help guide the deputies so they can do their jobs to the best of their abilities.”

Cox has also been the owner, of a very successful swimming pool construction business, in the Arklahoma area for more than 20 years. 

Greg and his wife Gina live in Sallisaw and have 3 children, 1 grandchild.