Bagley was among three names submitted to the council for the post. After one round of balloting, Bagley and Tommie Hunt emerged as the top two choices. On the second ballot, Bagley was approved by a narrow one-vote majority. However, Bagley received unanimous support from the council members representing the portion of the city served by the West Helena Housing Authority.
Bagley said, "It is an honor to be able to serve our city in this capacity. I appreciate receiving the unanimous support of the city's aldermen representing the west side. I look forward to getting up to speed and working with the other members of the authority board because this is a vital service for our community. Housing is key to building a quality of life that is acceptable for our citizens."
Bagley is a life-long resident of Phillips County, teaches U. S. History and Political Science at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas, and has a long-history of public service. Bagley currently serves on the board of the Helena-West Helena Central Booster Club and the Delta Cultural Center Advisory Board. Bagley has been the Voice of the Cougars on the Central High School Football Broadcast for the past 8 years and is assisting with the new broadcast of Cougar basketball, both of which are airing on KCLT-FM. In the past, Bagley served six years on the Phillips County Quorum Court and also served as President of Main Street Helena. Bagley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History from Ouachita Baptist University. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from Baylor University. Bagley also has completed additional graduate work at Louisiana State University and Harding University.
Bagley joins a distinguished group of citizens on the board of the West Helena Housing Authority that includes HWHSD Superintendent Suzann McCommon, retired CHS basketball Coach Walter Simpson, Rochester Johnson, and Mark Rogers.