Don Patrick, President and Chief Executive Officer of the not-for-profit North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC), has announced the promotion of Employee Benefits Specialist Cody Cox of Hannibal to the position of agency Personnel Officer and Assistant Deputy Director

Don Patrick, President and Chief Executive Officer of the not-for-profit North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC), has announced the promotion of Employee Benefits Specialist Cody Cox of Hannibal to the position of agency Personnel Officer and Assistant Deputy Director.

NECAC, as a 12-county area social service, community health and public housing agency, has approximately 100 full-time and more than 150 part-time employees throughout its multi-county service area.

Patrick said the move will now allow Chief Deputy Director Dan Page more flexibility to directly oversee and supervise all agency program and administrative operations. As included in his overall duties, Page had been serving as the agency’s personnel officer since 2012.

As the new personnel officer, Cox will also continue to manage and oversee the agency’s health insurance and employee benefit programs as the two duties of personnel officer and employee benefits specialist are being combined into one office.

“NECAC is a great agency to be a part of,” Cox said. “More importantly, its employees are a pleasure and a privilege to work alongside. The role of Personnel Officer, along with maintaining the benefit specialist duties, is a challenge I have looked forward to for quite some time.”

Cox joined NECAC as the employee benefits specialist in January 2017, bringing with him an extensive background and training in military and civilian service. He is a Louisiana native, graduating from Louisiana High School in 2005. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force from 2010 to 2014, obtaining the rank of senior airman with duties of an operations manager.

While in the Air Force, Cox earned a bachelor’s degree in human resource management from Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa.

Before joining NECAC, Cox was previously self-employed in retail management, worked at True Manufacturing in O’Fallon and at the Women’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Vandalia. In his spare time, he likes to shoot guns and is an avid reader.

NECAC contracts with over 30 different federal, state and local governments, private businesses and other not-for profit organizations as funding sources to operate and administer over 60 programs for the low-income, elderly, youth, disabled and disadvantaged population. The agency’s Central Administration Offices are located in Bowling Green, with NECAC Service Centers operated in each county.