TORRINGTON – Growing up on this dads ranch south of Chugwater, graduating with nine students in the Chugwater High School in 2002, Cody Cox, candidate for Goshen County Commissioner, seemed to be charting a course for his future.
Not that active in sports, Cox did play basketball and ran track. But FFA, Future Farmers of America and FBLA, Future Business Leaders of America was more to his interest, he said.
Cox remembers going to Cheyenne Frontier Day to concerts and events while in high school and visiting friends in Wheatland. Also working on the family ranch, a cow-calf operation.
After high school graduation Cox, attended Northwest College in Powell, where he met his wife Rebecca. In the spring of 2005 he graduated with an Associate Degrees in Agriculture Business, Animal Science, Farm and Ranch Management. Cox attended Oklahoma Panhandle State University, continuing his education and graduating in the spring of 2007.
When his mother died in the fall of 2007, the couple decided that after Rebecca graduated with her teaching degree they would move back to Chugwater to help his father with the family ranch. Moving back, Cox found a job in January 2008 with First State Bank in Wheatland, transferring to the Torrington branch that autumn. He worked at First State Bank until October 2014, then went to work at Platte Valley Bank in December 2014. Cox left Platte Valley Bank in May 2018 to open his own business.
Cox is currently on the Goshen County Fair Board, a position he would have to resign if elected to the County Commission.
“I was appointed to the fair board in 2008. My boss, Ted Bentley at First State Bank decided to step down from the board and asked me if I would be interested in being on the board,” Cox said. He said yes and was appointed to the board. Over the years he has learned many things about how the county works, including the county budget.
“We just raised the rates again trying to generate more revenue. Honestly, the rates should have been raised 15 years ago. We have one of the nicest fair grounds not only in the state but the country,” Cox said. “You can’t find another place that can be rented for as cheap as what we can rent it out for.”
Cox decided to make a bid for County Commissioner because it is a chance to help in the community and to serve the people of the county, he said, including one of the biggest challenges the county has – the roads. He’d also like to see the two business parks in Torrington grow with more businesses moving in and to find more ways for the county to raise more revenue by promoting Goshen County.
Cox said, “There is always room for change and that can be improved on.”
This is where Cox and his family choose to put down roots. To bring up their children making sure they have a good place to grow up with a brighter future.