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Harry Bailey
In June Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn hired retired Seattle Assistant Police Chief Harry C. Bailey to help the city implement its "20/20" plan

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With Job Implementing Seattle's '20/20' Plan, Harry Bailey's Employment with Oklahoma City Thunder 'Will Not Continue'

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Harry Bailey
In June Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn hired retired Seattle Assistant Police Chief Harry C. Bailey to help the city implement its "20/20" plan, created (kind-of, sort-of) to help fix the issues with SPD - like excessive use of force and discriminatory policing - highlighted by last year's DOJ report. Not surprisingly, the fact that Bailey was holding down a job in security with the Oklahoma City Thunder was not one of the talking points highlighted by McGinn when Bailey was brought on.

In fact, it was kind of buried. It was known that Bailey served as director of security for the Sonics before the team relocated to Oklahoma, and after the move that Bailey served the same role for the Thunder (at least temporarily), but the fact that Bailey was actually still employed by the team when he was hired by Seattle was not trumpeted ... likely for obvious reasons. Folks in Seattle don't exactly care for the Thunder, you know.

Of course, Bailey's employment with the Thunder wasn't exactly covered up, either. In the glow of the hiring the City posted Bailey's resume online, where anyone interested could see the connection via 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

Contacted by Seattle Weekly, at the time Mayor McGinn Press Secretary Aaron Pickus confirmed that Bailey was still employed by the Thunder, calling him a "contract employee" with the team, and noting that Bailey's contract would expire at the end of the NBA season.

Since the NBA season is over, Seattle Weekly contacted Oklahoma City Thunder Vice President of Corporate Communications and Community Relations Dan Mahoney, who says Bailey's employment will not continue with the Thunder now that he's been hired by the City of Seattle.

"I am told that with his new position, [Bailey's] part-time work for the Thunder will not continue," Mahoney says through email.

Mahoney, as you'll notice, classified Bailey's work with the team as part-time. Despite what Bailey's online resume stated, and what Pickus confirmed in June, Mahoney says, "Harry Bailey was our director of security in 07-08 and has worked on a part-time basis when needed since then."

Whatever you classify Bailey's employment with the Thunder as, it seems the retired Seattle Assistant Police Chief is giving it up to focus on implementing McGinn's 20/20 plan - a task that could easily be considered full-time.

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