Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley fired Baker Feb. 22, about 18 months after Baker had been promoted to chief of the city’s police department. The mayor cited waning confidence in the chief’s ability to forge positive ties with residents in high-crime areas of Annapolis as his reason for firing Baker.
After his firing, Baker remained in his position for about a month, running the day-to-day operations until March 20, and remained on the city’s payroll through the summer.
Retired from the Baltimore Police Department after serving nearly 21 years, Baker joined the Annapolis department in 2008. He was named chief when the former chief was fired after a year with 10 homicides in the city.
The Timonium resident, who has lived in Edgewood and the Harford County side of Monkton, starts with the Harford liquor board Monday.
“I’ve been in police work for 32 years, it’s time to take it down a notch,” Baker said Wednesday.
Gracia was hired as the board’s legal counsel in February 2008 and in July 2015 became the board administrator when the previous administrator resigned.
She had been serving both roles until May, when the board chose to separate them and hired Amy Finneran, a solo attorney who is of counsel to the law office of Baltimore County-based Burgess Law LLC, to serve as its legal counsel.
The title change from administrator to general manager is simply a name change to reflect language used in state statutes — the responsibilities remain the same, which is day-to-day operations of the liquor control agency.