Rusty Bailey is a Riverside native who has served as Mayor since 2012, having previously been a member of the City Council. 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 and Public Servant of the Year in 2019.
Mayor Bailey is active in regional affairs and serves on the Western Riverside Council of Governments, the Southern California Association of Governments, the Riverside County Transportation Commission, the One Water One Watershed Board, The Regional Housing Needs Assessment Board, and the Riverside County Continuum of Care, which focuses on homeless solutions.
Mayor Bailey’s many professional accomplishments include service as a helicopter pilot and Company Executive Officer in the 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. Mayor Bailey also served as a Legislative Aide for former Supervisor Tavaglione, worked at the Riverside County Economic Development Agency, and served as a high school teacher.