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August 8, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Interim Police Chief Harry Bailey to retire from SPD next week

Former Chief Harry Bailey

Former Interim Police Chief Harry Bailey

Former Interim Police Chief Harry Bailey will retire from the Seattle Police Department for the second time on Friday, Aug. 15, Chief Kathleen O’Toole wrote in a blog post Thursday.

Bailey, who retired the first time in 2007 as an assistant Seattle police chief, was asked to come back in January to help lead the department after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice found that Seattle police officers had engaged in a “pattern or practice” of unnecessary force.

Bailey, who is African-American, had served 35 years with the Police Department and was widely viewed as having deep ties in Seattle’s minority communities.

O’Toole, who was selected as chief of police in June, said Bailey stayed on to help her smoothly transition into her new job.

“I genuinely appreciate Chief Bailey’s support and friendship, and I look forward to continuing the strong community relationships that he nurtured throughout his career with the Seattle Police Department,” O’Toole wrote.

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