Meet the Director of DEMA

Joseph K. Cox, Director of Emergency Management

He was appointed to direct DEMA in February 2020. Previously, he served as DeKalb County Fire Marshal for three years.  A native of North Carolina, Cox’s experience includes a 20-year career in the fire service, specializing in emergency management, fire investigations, fire inspections, and fire prevention. Cox is an accredited ProBoard IAAI Certified Fire Investigator, NFPA Certified Fire Inspector II, IFSAC Fire Life Safety Educator, and GA Certified Firefighter. 

His education includes an associate's degree in Fire Science, a bachelor’s degree in Fire Administration from Columbia Southern University, and a Master’s and Doctorate degree in Theology.








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