Jack Bailey Bio
Jack is a lifelong Marylander and the Bailey family has ties to Southern Maryland for several generations. Born in Elkton, Jack’s family returned to St. Mary’s County in 1970 where his father, John D. Bailey, Jr., worked as an attorney, State’s Attorney, and Public Defender. His mother, Jane Bailey, taught school and after her retirement continued tutoring students and taught the art of quilting. Jack spent his childhood working on various family farms, growing Christmas trees, sweet corn, strawberries, and helping with tobacco. He also spent many hours on the water crabbing and fishing. Jack attended both Calverton and Father Andrew White schools before graduating from St. Mary’s Ryken High School in 1983. He attended Mt. St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, but left after his freshman year to work construction and eventually purchased a farm adjacent to his parents. He continued to further his education at Charles and Prince George’s Community Colleges. Jack returned to school at Johns Hopkins University and completed his Bachelor’s degree in Management in 2013 and followed with a Master’s degree in Management in 2014.
In 1987, Jack joined the Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) and upon graduating from the Police Academy, was assigned to the patrol boat “Severn” stationed in Solomons Island. Throughout his career, Jack worked in both Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties in both inland and marine patrol assignments. As he continued his career with NRP, Jack assumed responsibilities on a more state wide level which allowed him to propose changes to laws and regulations to protect Maryland’s great natural resources. In the latter part of his career, Jack worked closely with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of Justice on several cases to prosecute individuals taking advantage of Maryland’s natural resources.
Upon Jack’s retirement in 2017, after 30 years of service to the State of Maryland, he joined the International Conservation Chiefs Academy (ICCA) to coach and teach police officers from developing countries adaptive leadership. Jack also serves as the President of the Maryland Wildlife Crime Stoppers, Inc., which is a non-profit organization working to raise funds to help combat conservation crimes in the State of Maryland.
Jack has donated many hours of his time volunteering with youth-oriented sports teams and conservation organizations. You may find him coaching on a ball field, teaching hunter safety classes, or working to raise funds for a conservation organization.
Retired Police Officer
Jack spent his 30 year career as a Maryland Natural Resources Police Officer. He worked to protect our citizens and Maryland’s natural resources and ensure that our resources are preserved for the next generation.
Through the International Conservation Chiefs Academy, Jack has used his leadership techniques and experiences to teach international conservation officers from both Africa and Asia.