Steve Baker receives Exceptional Service Award
When it comes to community service, Berkley Mayor Pro Tem Steve Baker is the perfect ambassador. He loves to help out others, and he always does so with a smile and a kind word.
“That’s the thing about Steve – when you need him, he’s there,” Berkley Mayor Dan Terbrack said. “He cares about the residents and the stakeholders, and he wants to make sure things are done the right way.”
On Tuesday, Baker received the Jim Sinclair Exceptional Service Award during the Michigan Municipal League’s annual Capital Conference Awards in Lansing. Created in memory of former Rogers City Councilmember and MML President Jim Sinclair, the award honors an elected official who shows a true passion and commitment toward public service.
“This award was both a tremendous honor and a pleasant surprise,” said Baker. “My approach is to just do what comes naturally, serving our community, region, and state with enthusiasm.”
Steve and his wife Nicole have lived in Berkley for over 20 years. First elected to City Council in 2009, Steve championed measures to improve the quality of life in Berkley, such as the recently-adopted Complete Streets ordinance that provides a design framework to make local roads accessible for all users. He chose to run for council to serve and contribute to the community and broaden partnerships throughout the region.
“Steve has been an active member of the League for many years and always goes above and beyond in helping us serve our members,” said Dan Gilmartin, CEO and executive director of the League. “He’s been a speaker at multiple League education sessions and did a tremendous job while serving on our League board. Plus, Steve is incredibly kind and gracious and he does an amazing job representing the residents of Berkley and those in the state of Michigan.”
The award, now in its 10th year, was presented to Baker by Ferndale Councilmember Melanie Piana, vice president of the League Board of Trustees.
“Simply put, Steve Baker makes local government fun!” Piana said. “A planner at heart, Steve wants the best for communities. He is highly enthusiastic and one of the nicest, most courteous people you’ll meet.”
Steve holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Computer Science and Masters of Science in Software Engineering from Oakland University. He leads the IT strategy and innovation agenda for DTE Energy, where he oversees IT-related interaction and outreach, strategic alignment and integration, and innovation and feasibility on behalf of the company.
“Steve is a true inspiration when it comes to volunteering and serving the community,” Berkley City Manager Matt Baumgarten said. “We’re very proud of him and grateful for all the work he does to help make Berkley a great community.”