Bailey named assistant chief of Helena Police Department

Nolan Lister

Twenty-one-year Helena Police Department veteran Cory Bailey has been named assistant chief.

Bailey most recently served as captain on the force, where he fulfilled assistant chief duties following the promotion of Brett Petty to chief.

Petty, who also boasts a two-decade HPD career, and Bailey referred to their tenures as “growing up in the department.”

“He and I grew up in this department,” Petty said in a phone interview Monday morning. “We’re on the same page when it comes to the direction of the department going forward.”

Bailey said he received the news Sept. 6 and, like most people taking on a new challenge, had to overcome an initial moment of doubt.

“I thought, ‘What’s next? Am I ready for this,'” he said.

Bailey grew up in the Helena area. He went to high school in Townsend and graduated from Montana State University.

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Petty said “he’s from around here.”

Bailey started out in HPD as a patrol officer. He was a school resource officer and conducted investigations.

Eventually, Bailey transitioned into an administrative role, overseeing the investigations unit for two different stretches, the patrol division and the records division.

“He understands

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