Park grad Bailey sworn in as Cottage Grove police officer
After serving the city of Cottage Grove in various volunteer and paid positions, Park High School graduate Nick Bailey realized his dream of becoming a police officer on May 5 when he was sworn in.
The son of Mayor Myron Bailey, Nick knew he had to work harder than other candidates to get a shot at patrolling his hometown streets.
"When they start their journey, one of the things we put our candidates into is a 12-week boot camp," said Craig Woolery, police chief and public safety director. "Nick and I had a conversation and I said that 'You're going to have to work harder than others to earn what you want,' and Nick did that. He worked very, very hard and he has earned this badge."
After graduating from Park in 2007, Nick worked for two summers as a seasonal worker for the Cottage Grove Public Works Department. He briefly attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls before transferring to Inver Hills Community College where he received his law enforcement degree.
Nick also served as a Cottage Grove reserve police officer for one year and from 2009 to 2012 was a community service officer.
His skills training and dedication to the city of Cottage Grove, Woolery said, earned him a coveted badge with the city.
"Being the mayor (and seeing an officer sworn in) is one thing," Myron Bailey said, "but I'm very proud to be standing up here to see my son become an officer of the city he loves."
Nick, who was sworn in on his 24th birthday, recited his oath and was pinned by his mother Cindy.
"There is a lot of symbolism," Woolery said of the badge pinning. "When they put on that uniform it means something to you and to your brothers and to the public. I'm confident (Nick) will do a great job and will have a great career here."