Precinct Eight Constable Bill Bailey is one of the six Galena Park ISD alumni to be honored during the district’s second Distinguished Alumni Banquet scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at North Shore Senior High School, 353 North Castlegory.
Bailey was sophomore class president at Galena Park High School in 1955 and would have graduated with his peers in 1957 had his family not moved. He has served as Constable of Harris County Precinct 8 since 1982. He is also known as the “voice of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo” and is a lifetime vice president and director of the rodeo. Bailey received the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Medal for Outstanding Public Service that is NASA’s highest civilian award. He was named as the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce “Citizen of the Year” in 1990 and is an eight-time recipient of Rotary International’s Paul Harris Fellow Award.
Other alumni being honored that evening include: Justices of the Peace Molly Maness-Barnes, George Risner and Mike Parrott along with Craig Washington, attorney and Anthony Sadberry, executive director of the Texas Lottery Commission. The Houston Tidelanders Chorus will entertain the crowd during the event.
Maness-Barnes graduated from Galena Park High School in 1975 and was active with the Jacketeers drill team and also a member of the Swing Choir and Chorale. She was elected Justice of the Peace for Harris County Precinct 8, Place 1 in 1988 and is currently serving her fifth term in that position. Maness-Barnes is a guest columnist for the Deer Park Progress and Pasadena Citizen and has served as president of the San Jacinto Republican Women. Her progressive programs have been featured on the NBC Nightly News.
George Risner was first elected in 1986 and was sworn into office by Galena Park’s own William B. “Bill” Irwin. Risner is currently serving his sixth term as Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, Place 2 in Harris County. He is a 1969 graduate of Galena Park High School and he served as a City of Galena Park City Councilman from 1972-1976. He was selected as Best Justice of the Peace by the Houston Press in 1991 and was presented a Lifetime PTA Award from Galena Park ISD in 1992.
Mike Parrott was elected Harris County Justice of the Peace Precinct 3, Place 1 in 1993. Parrott was born and raised in Galena Park and graduated from Galena Park High School and the University of Houston. He married his high school sweetheart, Deby, and they have two children and one grandchild. Parrott implemented a Teen Court program for area students in 1993 and now has students participating from North Shore High School, Humble High School, Channelview High School, Smiley High School, Forest Brook High School and Sheldon High School.
Craig Washington served as District 86 State Representative from 1973-1982 and then as District 13 State Senator from 1983-1989. He also represented the 18th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1989-1994. Washington graduated from Fidelity Manor Senior High School in Galena Park in 1958, earned his bachelor’s degree from Prairie View A&M University in 1966 and then graduated with honor from Texas Southern University Law School in 1969. Washington currently maintains law offices in Houston and Bastrop.
Anthony J. Sadberry previously served as a Commissioner with the Texas Lottery Commission from 1993-2001 before being named Acting Executive Director by the Commission on January 17, 2006. He was then named Executive Director during the June 28, 2007 meeting. Sadberry graduated from North Shore High School in 1968, he continued his education by attending Navarro Junior College until his graduation with honors with an associate’s degree in Science. He then attended the University of Texas in Austin graduating with honors in 1972 with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Education.
The banquet is being presented by the Galena Park ISD Education Foundation. For ticket information contact Johnnie Rountree at (832) 386-1099.