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Afternoon Fizz: Longtime City Hall Security Guard Retires

By Erica C. Barnett June 1, 2011

The wonderfully named George Bailey (that's an It's a Wonderful Life reference, kids), one of the city's longest-serving security guards, retired today at the age of 83.

When Bailey---the first person most people see when they enter City Hall---turned 80 in 2008, then-mayor Greg Nickels declared April 21 George Bailey Day, noting that he "greets every [visitor to City Hall] with a welcoming and friendly smile, and for those confused or lost he quickly sends them off in the right direction."

City hall staffers say Bailey had an "uncanny" ability to remember every staffer's first name, and tons of folks from the second floor were on hand to congratulate him this morning:

Bailey joined the company that does security for city hall, Olympic Security, in 1993; according to the declaration the city adopted when he turned 80, he served in both the U.S. Navy and Air Force, hada degree in electrical engineering, raised four sons with his late wife, Barbara, and did volunteer work with hospice and as president of the resident association of his Burien senior center.
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