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Larry Cox

Larry Cox lends valuable experience to The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky during a busy retirement.

After a long and successful public service career, Larry Cox emerged from retirement in 2012 to assist the Kentucky Department of Agriculture with resolving the high cost of operating a fuel and pesticide testing lab built in 2008. After successfully overseeing the shuttering of the costly lab to save taxpayers money, he returned to retirement on his 100-acre farm located along the Green River in Hart County.

“The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky is glad that Larry also agreed to dedicate some of his time in retirement towards protecting nature as a member of our Board of Trustees,” says Terry Cook, the Conservancy’s State Director in Kentucky.

Larry Cox has been a Kentucky resident for forty years and retired in late 2010 after more than twenty-five years as State Director for Mitch McConnell, the Republican Leader of the United States Senate. Prior to that Cox served as Secretary for Environmental Policy and Deputy Secretary of the Community Development Department for Jefferson County. Earlier in his career, Cox also held roles in planning at the county, city and regional levels.

Cox has a Bachelor of Arts from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and a Master of Science from the University of Tennessee. He is married to Joanie Cox and they have two adult children who reside in Kentucky.

“I have enjoyed working with The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky ever since partnering with them on efforts to improve best practices, protect land and improve water quality along the Green River,” says Cox. “They make good decisions throughout the state and I am proud to be affiliated with their good work.”

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