John F. Cox Article

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John F. Cox
City Manager of Lowell, Massachusetts
In office
Preceded by Brian J. Martin
Succeeded byBernard F. Lynch
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from the 17th Middlesex District
In office
Preceded byNikolas Lambros
Succeeded by Thomas Golden, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1955-07-27) July 27, 1955 (age 63)
Lowell, Massachusetts
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Salem State College
New England School of Law
City Manager

John F. Cox is an American attorney, politician, and city manager who served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and as City Manager of Lowell, Massachusetts.

Early life

Cox was born on July 27, 1955 in Lowell to John E. and Arlene M. Cox. [1] [2] His father was an insurance salesman who served He graduated from Lowell High School in 1973 and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in political science from Salem State College in 1977 and a law degree from the New England School of Law in 1980. Cox served as an assistant Middlesex district attorney for one year before opening his own law practice in Lowell. [2]

State representative

In 1982, Cox was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, defeating incumbent Nikolas Lambros in the Democratic primary. He would go on to serve a total of six terms. [2]

In 1994, Cox was fined $1,750 by the State Ethics Commission for accepting free meals and other gratuities from lobbyists in violation of state conflict-of-interest rules. [2]

City manager

In 2000, Cox was named City Manager of Lowell. [2] He had some success as city manager, but his style clashed with that of the city council. [3] In April 2006, city councilors met with Cox to inform him that the majority of the council wanted him to step down. Later that month he announced his resignation. [4]

See also


  1. ^ Public Officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 1993-1994. p. 112.
  2. ^ a b c d e Laidler, John (August 27, 2000). "Native Son Answers Lowell's Call". Boston Globe.
  3. ^ LaFleur, Michael (April 24, 2006). "Despite success, Cox's style clashed with council's". The Sun.
  4. ^ Reid, Alexander (April 25, 2006). "Lowell's City Manager to Resign Under Pressure". Boston Globe.