Dr. J. William Cox, former surgeon general of the United States Navy and currently associate director of the San Diego State University Graduate School of Public Health, has been offered the job as director of the San Diego County Department of Health Services, it was learned Thursday.
Cox, a 58-year-old cardiologist, said Thursday he is interested in taking the job, but details have to be worked out between the university and the county. Cox said the dean of the university's College of Human Services has recommended that he be granted a leave of absence if his selection becomes final.
Cox headed the Balboa Naval Hospital in the late 1950s and then headed the medical staff at the Subic Bay Naval Base in the Philippines. He later spent 14 years in Washington, the last three from 1980 to 1983 as surgeon general of the Navy.
Now retired from the Navy with the rank of vice admiral, he holds an academic rank of instructor in the department of public health.