Lt. Colonel Ken Cox was born and raised in South St. Louis County, and currently resides in the Oakville area with his wife and two children. He is the Commanding Officer of the Division of Criminal Investigation for the St. Louis County Police Department. In this position, he is responsible for the overall operation of all investigative units of the St. Louis County Police Department, including Crime Scene Investigations, Drug Enforcement, Crimes Against Persons and Crimes Against Property, Computer and Financial Fraud, Family Crimes and the Crime Laboratory.
Lt. Colonel Cox began his career with the St. Louis County Police Department on February 23, 1987, when he was hired as a police officer and assigned to the Affton Southwest Precinct. In 1989, he was assigned to the Division of Criminal Investigation, where he worked in the Bureau of Drug Enforcement. He was also assigned to the Street Enforcement Team, Mobil Response Team, Tactical Operations Unit, and the Bureau of Crimes Against Persons.
In 1995, Lt. Colonel Cox was promoted to the rank of sergeant and assigned to the South County Precinct. He also served as a supervisor in the Auto Crimes Unit, Bureau of Drug Enforcement's Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force, and the Staff Inspections Unit. In 1998, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and assigned to the Affton Southwest Precinct. He was then assigned to the Office of the Chief, where he worked as Commander of the Municipal Services Unit. Lt. Colonel Cox was appointed to the rank of Captain in 2002 and assigned to the newly formed Central County Precinct. He was promoted to his current rank and assigned as the Commanding Officer of the Division of Patrol in 2009. He assumed his current command in May of 2012.
Lt. Colonel Cox attended the University of Missouri - St. Louis where he received a Bachelors Degree in Criminology. While assigned to the Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force, Lt. Colonel Cox was elected Eastern Director of the Missouri Narcotics Officers Association. Lt. Colonel Cox is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy Class 232 and graduate of the Senior Management Institute of Policing Class 51. He is also the Department liaison for the Citizens' Police Academy Alumni Association. Lt. Colonel Cox's hobbies include hunting, fishing and training his German Shepherd for Schutzhund competition. He is also a member of Queen of All Saints Church in South St. Louis County.