Bailey served for 22 years in the local courts before he was elected judge of the probate-juvenile divisions in 1990 and reelected in 1996. Prior to his election he had heard cases for 16 years as a referee (now called magistrate) and before that served as a juvenile probation officer.
“I resigned from office a year before the end of my second term because I did not then have the energy I needed to do justice to the position,” Bailey said. “Subsequent medical tests showed this was due to a heart condition that was corrected by surgery in 2003. Since then I have been in good health and active.”
Bailey has continued to serve as a judge and advocate for children. He has been appointed to serve as a visiting judge more than 140 times by the Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. These appointments have ranged from authority to hear a single case to sitting for as long as seven weeks for a judge absent due to surgery. He is currently an adjunct professor of juvenile law at the University of Akron School of Law, where he has taught the past nine years. In 2008, he received the John R. Quine Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award, which is presented to the adjunct professor who has most successfully combined a practical approach to the teaching of law with a scholarly approach to the practice of law. He also serves as a member of the juvenile law committee of the Ohio Judicial Conference.
Locally he has served as chair of the board of trustees of The Village Network, Inc. and the Center for Restorative Justice of Northeast Ohio, and as a member of the boards of STEPS/Every Woman’s House, and the Wayne County Library Board.
Previously he served on the Wayne County Council on Drug Abuse, the discipline committee for the Wooster City Schools Strategic Plan, and the Wayne County Family and Children First Council.
“I am again a candidate because I believe I can still make a difference for the children of Wayne County, which now include our grandchildren,” Bailey added. “The juvenile and probate courts deal with people who are in need. That requires a judge with the wide life experience and proven ability to relate to the problems of children and families. That has been my calling since I graduated from The College of Wooster.” Bailey received his law degree from the University of Akron and also graduated from the National College of Juvenile Justice.
Bailey and his wife, Vicki, a retired Waynedale High School teacher, reside in Wooster. They are the parents of Mark, who is an administrator for Teach for America in New York City, and Joanna (Rick) Edwards, a social worker, who lives in Wooster. The Baileys have two grandchildren, Morgan and Cole Edwards.
Published: June 21, 2012