Former Sallisaw Mayor Shannon Vann, left, presented retiring Sallisaw City Manager Bill Baker with a plaque from the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce at the chamber's membership luncheon Wednesday at Carl Albert State College Sallisaw Campus. Vann said Baker, who retires, April 1, is "the ultimate professional." Vann said, "Bill always kept his head and his cool." Even though Baker said he only planned to work another five years when he applied for the Sallisaw city manager job he has stayed on for 11 years, or 4,125 days, Vann pointed out. And during that time, Vann said, "he has become a good friend." Baker responded that Vann, "is a dear friend of mine. This is the best job of my life," Baker said, before he left. Chamber members gave Baker a standing ovation at the end of the presentation. A reception will be held for Baker beginning at 2 p.m. Friday at Sallisaw City Hall.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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