Charles Bailey, who has been with the Saints as an assistant general manager and personnel decision-maker since the Mike Ditka era, has been moved to a less football-oriented position, being named Director of Community Affairs.
According to a press release from the Saints, Bailey will oversee the department of the Saints that directs the franchise's charitable contributions and efforts in the community. He will also work with Arnold Fielkow, Director of Football Administration for the Saints, with governmental issues. His football-related work will be limited to "various special projects related to football operations," according to the press release. It is not known if Bailey will continue to aid the Saints as a talent evaluator.
Bailey assisted Tom Benson in January of 2000 in finding a new general manager, and was close to taking the position himself before Randy Mueller was hired. Bailey was one of the few people not fired when Ditka cleaned house after a 3-13 season. Before his time with New Orleans, Bailey was with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the personnel department.
A new Community Affairs Advisory Panel, headed by Audubon Nature Institute CEO Ron Furman, was also formed by the Saints. Bailey will be involved with working with this community-relations committee.