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Cox is New Superintendent at Jockey's Ridge State Park

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Beverly Eaves Perdue, Governor
Dee Freeman, Secretary

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Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Monday, June 15, 2009

Cox is New Superintendent at Jockey's Ridge State Park

RALEIGH -- Debo Cox, a veteran ranger, has been promoted to superintendent of Jockey's Ridge State Park in Dare County, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. Cox succeeds George Barnes, who retired earlier this year.


A superintendent is the chief of operations and administration at a state park or state recreation area with wide-ranging responsibilities for staffing, training, law enforcement, visitor services, natural resource protection and environmental education.

A native of Statesville, Cox graduated from UNC-Wilmington in 1984 with a master's degree in outdoor education administration. He worked as a seasonal employee for the state parks system at Lake Norman and Carolina Beach state parks, and joined the system full-time in 2001 as a ranger at Goose Creek State Park. He joined the staff at Jockey's Ridge in 2003.

Cox is a certified environmental educator and holds intermediate law enforcement certification.

'Debo's service at a number of our state parks and his tenure at Jockey's Ridge gives him a good depth of experience to lead this popular park,' said Lewis Ledford, director of the state parks system. 'Jockey's Ridge often has the highest visitation among our state parks and is facing new challenges all the time. That experience will be valuable to the park and to our leadership team.'

Jockey's Ridge State Park was established in 1975 and now encompasses 426 acres. It recorded 1.4 million visits in 2008.