Mayor Goodwin Issues Statement on the Passing of Charleston Councilman John Kennedy Bailey

Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin issued the following statement on the passing of Councilman John Kennedy Bailey who died Wednesday evening in an accident on Greenbrier Street. 


“It is with profound sadness we mourn the loss of Charleston City Councilman John Kennedy Bailey—a devoted husband, doting father, loving son, loyal brother, and a dear friend to many including my husband and me. 


“I spent many a night talking with John in the City Hall parking garage long after council meetings had ended. We’d talk about how we could fix things—make things better. He was funny and fun. He was relaxed but motivated. He was someone you wanted on your team, and we loved him so very much. 


“John was an incredible councilman—always leading with integrity, honor and passion. With his keen intellect, calm voice, and measured approach, John always treated his fellow council members with kindness—even on the most difficult issues. 


“Our thoughts and prayers are with John’s wife Holly, sons Jack and Brooks, daughter Lisette, brother David, sister Anne, father former West Virginia State Treasurer Larrie Bailey and mother, Joyce. 


“I order all city flags be lowered to half-staff—tomorrow, September 16—in honor of Councilman Bailey’s dedicated service to the City of Charleston and her people.”