Chris Bayley

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Chris Bayley
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Chris Bayley, 2015
King County Prosecuting Attorney
In office
Preceded byCharles O. Carroll
Succeeded byNorm Maleng
Personal details
Christopher T. Bayley
Political partyRepublican
Alma materHarvard University
Harvard Law School
OccupationLawyer, businessman

Christopher T. Bayley served as the King County prosecuting attorney from 1971 to 1979. He remains active in the political, business, and legal communities of Washington State.

Early life and military service[edit]

Bayley received his Bachelor of Arts in history from Harvard College (1960) and his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School (1966). He also served three years as an active-duty officer in the United States Navy. After his active-duty service, Bayley joined the United States Navy Reserve and served until 1985, retiring as a Captain (O-6).[1]

Legal and political career[edit]

Bayley began his legal career in 1966 as an associate at Lane Powell. He then served as a Deputy Attorney General and Chief of the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division under Washington State Attorney General Slade Gorton. In 1971, he was elected as the King County Prosecuting Attorney. In 1971, he led a grand jury investigation with Judge Stanley C. Soderland and attorney Evan Schwab into police payoffs.[2][3] Bayley served two terms and was succeeded by Norm Maleng in 1979. He then became Partner in Charge of Public Finance at Perkins Coie.[4]

Bayley continued to remain active in Republican politics in the state of Washington. In 1998, he ran unsuccessfully for the United States Senate, losing to Linda Smith in the Republican primaries.[5]

Business career[edit]

Bayley has been involved in a number of business ventures. In 1982, he became Senior Vice President at Burlington Northern Resources. In 1985, he became President of Glacier Park Company (a real estate subsidiary of Burlington Northern Resources). In 1992, he left Burlington Northern Resources and became Chairman of New Pacific Partners. In 1998, Bayley formed the Resource Action Council (renamed to Stewardship Partners in 2002. Since 1999 Bayley has been Chair and Principal of Dylan Bay Consulting. Clients include law firms, companies and individual who need help with environmental or political strategy before the Washington legislature or local governments Recent projects include sale of 50,000 acres in the Teanaway Valley to the state for environmental protection and passage of the Washington Law on International Arbitration in the 2015 legislative session .[6]

Bayley also served as a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers,[7] and the national boards of The Nature Conservancy, Scenic America and The National Organization for Olmsted Parks.


  1. ^ Christopher Bayley: Executive Profile & Biography – Businessweek
  2. ^ Bayley, Christopher T. (2015). Seattle Justice: The Rise and Fall of the Police Payoff System in Seattle. Seattle, WA: Sasquatch Books. ISBN 1632170302.
  3. ^ Anderson, Ross (June 8, 2008). "The big shakedown: Going after a conspiracy". Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  4. ^ Sabre Foundation – Officers and Directors
  5. ^ Washington primary results – September 15, 1998
  6. ^ "Board of Directors | Stewardship Partners". Archived from the original on May 10, 2013. Retrieved May 29, 2013.
  7. ^ Hiram Hunn Awards for long-serving volunteer alumni interviewers | Harvard Magazine Sep–Oct 2010

Further reading[edit]

  • Christopher T. Bayley, Seattle Justice: The Rise and Fall of the Police Payoff System in Seattle (2015), Sasquatch Books. ISBN 978-1-63217-029-3.

External links[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
Charles Carroll
King County Prosecuting Attorney
Succeeded by
Norm Maleng