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.
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
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.