Saturday, March 10, 2007 | A lot has changed in Chula Vista since the name “Cox” was scrawled on the entrance to the Mayor’s Office. The number of people residing in the South Bay city is approaching 230,000, nearly twice as many as when Greg Cox, now a longtime county supervisor, held the mayoralty.
Homes now line the once-barren fields that lay to the east, and the city has since made way for an Olympic Training Center, a water park and — soon, some hope — a four-year university, a convention center and one of the county’s largest hotels. Even the San Diego Chargers may be playing their home games in Chula Vista soon.
Sometimes Greg Cox gets to reminisce about the old days to the new mayor. But the woman currently leading Chula Vista seldom asks him to for a critique.
“Wives don’t ask their husbands if they’re right or wrong,” Cheryl Cox, Greg’s wife and the newly minted mayor of Chula Vista, said with a chuckle. Three months into her first term, she appreciates her politico husband’s perspectives, but says she relies on the leadership skills she honed in the local schools as teacher, principal and school board president to guide the city during a time of unmatched pressure and scrutiny.
Cox sat down with voiceofsandiego.org to discuss some of those pressures and other experiences she’s had during her the beginning of her tenure in the mayor’s seat.
What’s your impression of this job after three months?