Who is Amy Scott Galey?

Amy grew up in Union Ridge, here in Alamance County.  Her parents are Dr. Sam and Connie Scott.  She graduated from Western Alamance High School in 1985 and left for Chapel Hill.  She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1989 with a B.A. in History, and then she worked for two years in the medical school as an office assistant.  In `1994 she graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law, and she passed both the North Carolina and South Carolina bar exams.

In July 1992, she went with a friend from school to Charleston, S.C., where she met and was swept off her feet by First Lieutenant Fred D. Galey, Jr., USAF, who was a pilot on the C-141.  They were married in Union Ridge Church in Alamance County on November 19, 1994, and they moved into base housing at Charleston AFB.  She worked as a staff attorney for the Defender Corporation of Charleston County.

In 1996, Amy and Fred moved to Andrews AFB in Maryland, where their daughter, Mary, was born.  Early in their marriage, Amy and Fred decided that, because a military pilot has as erratic hours as one can imagine, his work would take priority over hers.  Although she became a member of the D.C. Bar, Amy accepted that her career goals would be sacrificed for a season so that their children would have the stability of a parent in the home at all times.  This is an issue with which many, many parents struggle, especially military families, and everyone has to find the path that suits them best.  With Fred’s schedule and being away from Amy’s family in Alamance County this seemed to be the best decision for them.

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Who would have imagined the changes?

At that time no one could imagine the changes that would come in the next ten years. Fred left active duty , joining the Air Force Reserves as a C-17 pilot, and the Galeys returned to the Charleston area.  Their son, Jack, was born in 2000, and their son, Sam, was born in 2002.  Fred was hired by American Airlines.

Family and career changes are to be expected to a degree in every family; however, no one could foresee the events of September 2001 and how aviation and our lives would change.  Fred personally knew two of the pilots who were killed on September 11, 2001.  His reserve unit was activated, he took a leave of absence from American Airlines, and Amy became not just a military wife but a war wife.  While Fred flew over 300 combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, Amy was at home with three children six years old and younger.

Home in Union Ridge

In 2008, they purchased Amy’s grandparents’ former home in Union Ridge.  They happily enrolled their children in the Alamance-Burlington School System.  Fred retired from the Air Force Reserves and was hired as a pilot by FedEx.  Amy began to work again as an attorney in Yanceyville, in a practice where she helped people with many different kinds of issues.  Their daughter, Mary, graduated from Western Alamance High School, thirty years after Amy, with the class of 2015.

Galey Law PLLC

Today Amy operates her own law firm, Galey Law PLLC, focusing on competency court in Caswell County.  She was elected as an Alamance County Commissioner in November 2016, bringing a fresh and very needed perspective to the board.  She is a native of Alamance County but also a relative newcomer, has been part of a military family serving our country, and she knows what it is to struggle to make the best decisions for a family.  As she continues to serve on the Board of Commissioners, Amy will continue to work to prepare Alamance County for the future through preservation of agriculture, planning for growth, and improvement of the school system.