KOMO News Harry Bailey
As made headlines earlier this week, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn recently hired retired Seattle Assistant Police Chief Harry C. Bailey to aid in the implementation the city's 20/20 plan, created to help fix the (hotly debated) SPD problems highlighted by last year's DOJ report. But what you may not realize is Bailey's connection to the hated Oklahoma City Thunder.
KOMO News Harry Bailey
After leaving the Police Department, Bailey served as director of security for the Seattle Sonics, then the Oklahoma City Thunder after the team moved there at the end of the 2007-08 season.
While the fact that Bailey, who retired from SPD in 2007, followed the Supes to Oklahoma in 2008 may be enough to get him labeled as a traitor in the eyes of the most belligerently scorned Sonics fans, it's really not that big of deal, right? I mean, we're talking about the past, right? Right?
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If someone was interested in finding out more on Bailey's employment history with the Thunder, they'd probably be inclined to peruse his resume, which - lo and behold - was conveniently posted online by McGinn's office and Press Secretary Aaron Pickus.
And, if a person was to do such a thing, they'd probably be intrigued by this resume bullet point:
Oklahoma City Thunder
Two Leadership Square 211 N. Robinson Ave., Suite 300 Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Contact: Sam Presti
10/2008 thru present
Director of Security
2008 thru present? Whoa. Surely this just stems from an outdated resume, right? Right?
While Pickus says the city is not currently setting up interviews with Bailey, he confirms this morning to Seattle Weekly that Bailey is still director of security for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
I repeat: Pickus tells me that Harry Bailey, who was hired by Mike McGinn to help implement SPD's '20/20' plan, is still director of security for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Go wild, Sonics fans.
No word on whether Bailey was in Oklahoma last night for Game 1.
According to Bailey's resume (posted in full below) his responsibilities as director of security for the Thunder include seeing to the welfare of players and coaches as well as developing security plans for regular situations and "hostile" situations.
In Seattle, Bailey will be paid $75,000 from the existing city budget to help implement SPD's '20/20' plan. At this point, since he's not doing interviews, there's been no comment from Bailey on how he'll juggle the two jobs.
UPDATE: Pickus declined to comment on Bailey's "personal status" outside of the blog post the city has already posted.
UPDATE: After declining further comment earlier, Pickus tells Seattle Weekly that Bailey "is currently a contract employee in OKC, which will end after the playoffs."
Find Bailey's resume, posted online by the Mayor McGinn's office, on the next page ...