A native of Greenwood, SC, Roy E. (Sonny) Cox, Jr. attended Greenwood County public schools, and holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Piedmont Technical College. He began his law enforcement career in August of 1977, with the Greenwood City Police Department. His experience includes working in criminal investigations, narcotics, and traffic accident investigations. During his tenure with the Greenwood City Police Department, he was the recipient of numerous meritorious awards, to include the International Civitans Award for courageous service. In 2006, he retired at the rank of Captain after 29 continuous years of service.
Subsequently, in May of 2006, Sonny began working with the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office in a newly created division for community services, where he served as a Major under the leadership of Sheriff Tony Davis. In 2007, he was awarded the Cornerstone Award for Community Service. Sonny retired again from the Sheriff’s Office in December of 2012.
In January of 2013 the Citizens of Greenwood County called upon his services again, but this time by electing him to represent them in the position of Greenwood County Coroner. Sonny dutifully answered this call and by November of that same year he had already achieved his certification as a Diplomate of the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators.
Sonny’s true love for Greenwood and its citizens has also afforded him the opportunities to devote much of his time outside of his law enforcement career to serving on various community Boards such as Healthy Greenwood Neighborhoods, the Salvation Army, the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce and the Humane Society.
Sonny has now begun his second term as the Coroner of Greenwood County and looks forward to many more years of service to come. Within his first term he was able to accomplish getting the coroner’s office internationally accredited. Sonny was also chosen by his peers throughout the state of South Carolina and awarded the Coroner of the Year award.