New superintendent appointed for Western Virginia Regional Jail

Roanoke Valley News

(Photo: Courtesy Western Virginia Regional Jail Authority)

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — On Friday, the Western Virginia Regional Jail Authority announced the appointment of David Cox as Superintendent of the Western Virginia Regional Jail (WVRJ), effective immediately.

This news comes after Superintendent Bobby Russell retired in March following 14 years of service at the WVRJ.

“David is well known and well respected in law enforcement circles throughout southwest Virginia and, personally, I have had the pleasure of working with him on a number of levels,” said Jay Taliaferro, chairman of the Western Virginia Jail Authority. “He has been a key figure at the jail since it opened and I cannot think of a better person to succeed Bobby Russell as superintendent, and continue the jail’s high level of professionalism.”

According to the release shared by Roanoke County officials on behalf of the Western Virginia Regional Jail Authority on Friday, June 11, Cox currently serves as Lieutenant Colonel and Interim Superintendent of the WVRJ.

“It is a great honor and privilege to be selected as WVRJ’s Superintendent,” said Cox. “This is an accomplished organization because of its employees and governing board; I am humbled to be entrusted with this responsibility.”

Cox has a Master of Criminal Justice degree from Boston University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Roanoke College; is a graduate of the National Jail Leadership Command Academy; holds multiple certifications from the Department of Criminal Justice Services; and is a member of the American Jail Association.

In addition, Cox previously served as a program advisor for the Virginia Association of Regional Jails Leadership Initiative

Before joining the WVRJ, Cox served as a police officer for the City of Salem and was a member of the Roanoke Sheriff’s Office, directing operations within the security and services divisions of the Roanoke City Jail

During his tenure at the jail, Cox has served as Deputy Superintendent, overseeing day-to-day operations of the WVRJ and a workforce of approximately 200 people.

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