Clarence E. Cox, III serves as President of NOBLE. He currently serves as the Director of Special Projects in the office of the Chief for the Fulton County Police Department, and the former Director of Safety and Security for Clayton County Public Schools and its first Chief of the Clayton County School Police. Chief Cox was charged with creating the Clayton County Public Schools Police Department in June 2013. Clayton County Public Schools has an enrollment of 54,000 students and 7,000 employees on over 1,618 acres. Clayton County Public Schools is the 5th largest public school system in the state of Georgia. Chief Cox began his law enforcement career in 1981 with the City of Atlanta Bureau of Police Services. Throughout his career, he has worked numerous assignments which includes an extensive career in local, state, federal specialized law enforcement units. His previous service comprises of uncover drug enforcement, as an agent and commander; special weapons and tactics team member and commander, original member of the Georgia homeland security fusion center member and aviation unit pilot and commander.
Outstanding achievements include original member of Georgia’s Homeland Security Task Force which was created after the events of 911. During the 2004 G-8 Summit, he commanded an undercover surveillance team providing real time intelligence while protecting world leaders who were assembled on Sea Island, Georgia. He was also one of the founding members of the Georgia Narcotics Officers Association. He is currently serving as the Vice President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and incoming National President after serving three terms as the Regional Vice President representing Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and International Territories.
Born and raised in Atlanta and very active as a youth in Ebenezer Baptist Church. He attended Booker T. Washington H.S., Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. and Ashford University, Clinton, IA. He has graduated from several law enforcement executive training programs to include the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Officer’s Academy in Quantico, Virginia and Georgia Chiefs of Police Association New Chief School. He is also certified as a law enforcement instructor for the State of Georgia and the U.S Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Glynco, Georgia.
He has received numerous awards for his contributions to law enforcement and community engagement.