Baker to head Emergency Management Division

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Anderson County Sheriff’s Office announces the promotion of Lt. David Baker as Director of the Emergency Management Division after serving five months as its interim director.
Baker will lead the County’s emergency readiness, response and recovery efforts and brings over 20 years of law enforcement and incident command experience to the position.
Baker, 47, will hit the ground running as the agency works to prepare for the County’s participation in an upcoming exercise scheduled for late-Fall.

In addition, he will be spearheading efforts to ensure all County emergency operations plans are up-to-date along with mutual aid agreements with municipalities and neighboring counties.
“Lt. Baker has a proven record of outstanding leadership. He is a familiar face to many of our partnering agencies and the relationships he has with community leaders will definitely be an asset as he transitions into this role,” said Sheriff Chad McBride. “With David in place, we’re going to be well positioned to meet the needs of our community during times of crisis and I am so glad to have him on our team.”
Baker joins the Emergency Management Division after working in the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigations Unit where he was responsible for the oversight of seven investigators who focused on the interdiction and seizure of illegal drugs. Prior to that time, Baker served at various ranks including Chief of Police for the Town of Williamston from 2005-2009.
“In leading the Emergency Management Division, I’m looking forward to continuing to foster relationships with our community partners as well as building a stronger, well equipped and more resilient Anderson County,” said Baker. “As a team, we’ll work to serve the residents of Anderson County and ensure, no matter the type of incident we encounter, that we’ll have the resources and manpower to keep our residents safe.”