- Full nameWilliam R. “Rusty" Bailey
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- Please list your University and school/program.School:University of California, Los Angeles Luskin School of Public Affairs
- Please enter the degree awarded by your school.Degree:Master’s Degree in Public Policy
- Current PositionCurrent Position:Mayor
- OrganizationOrganization:City of Riverside
William R. “Rusty" Bailey III is a Riverside native who has served as Mayor of his hometown since 2012, having previously been a member of the City Council. His family came to Riverside in 1914 and has a long history of service to the community. Mayor Bailey is proud to be part of the fourth generation of Baileys working for the advancement of Riverside.
After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a degree in political science in 1994, Mayor Bailey worked in a variety of public service positions locally and in Washington, D.C. He is a 1999 graduate of UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs, earning a Master’s Degree in Public Policy, and was named Alumnus of the Year in 2013.
Mayor Bailey was elected to the City Council in 2007, representing Ward 3, and took office on Dec 11, 2007. He served in that role until he took office as Mayor on Dec 11, 2012. Mayor Bailey is active in regional affairs as a member of the Western Riverside Council of Governments, and as a member of its executive committee. He also serves on the Southern California Association of Governments Regional Council 68 and on its Transportation Committee.
Skilled at teamwork and consensus-building, Mayor Bailey has the understanding of public policy and the relationships at the local, state and national levels necessary to effectively address what matters most to Riversiders. He is focused on making Riverside an increasingly vibrant community while maintaining its high quality of life. A champion of responsible governance, Mayor Bailey is building on award-winning initiatives – Clean and Green, Sister Cities, business and higher education partnerships – that have made Riverside a leader in Inland Southern California.
Mayor Bailey’s many accomplishments include serving as a helicopter pilot, platoon leader, and Company Executive Officer in the U.S. Army; earning a two-year Presidential Management Fellowship; and working for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Executive Office of the President in Washington D.C. Mayor Bailey also served as a Legislative Aide for County Supervisor John F. Tavaglione and worked at the Riverside County Economic Development Agency. He spent more than a decade as a teacher at Poly High School in Riverside and served as a member of the City of Riverside’s Cultural Heritage Board.
Mayor Bailey lives in the Magnolia Center neighborhood of Riverside with his wife, Judy, a former elementary and middle school teacher, and his two daughters, Elizabeth and Julia. He is an active member of his church, a mentor to dozens of teenagers and at-risk youth and can often be seen cycling around the city with his family.