WILMINGTON – Acknowledging his extensive service to the State of Delaware and unwavering dedication to the City of Wilmington, Governor Markell presented Mayor James Baker with an Order of the First State, the highest honor the governor can grant.
“Mayor Baker’s service to the City of Wilmington and the State of Delaware spans several decades and includes many notable accomplishments,” said Governor Markell. “He has established quite a legacy, not just of service, but of achievement.”
Mayor Baker’s political career began when he was elected to serve on Wilmington’s City Council in 1972 and made history in 1984 as the first African-American elected council President, serving in that capacity until his election as Mayor in 2001. He was the longest serving Council President in the City of Wilmington’s history.
Governor Markell presented the Order to Mayor Baker in a surprise meeting with friends, family and colleagues as he entered his final days of a historic three-term career as Mayor for the City of Wilmington.