Civic Center manager stepping down to take airport manager’s post
Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor

Dec. 6, 2005 -- Joey Baker, manager of Hopkins County Regional Civic Center, has been selected to be the new manager of Sulphur Springs Airport, according to City Manager Marc Maxwell.

"I am super-excited to announce that Joey Baker will be our new airport manager," the city manager said. "We have done the paper work and he begins on Jan. 1.”

"I think the opportunity at the airport is an exciting opportunity for me," said Baker, who is a pilot. 

Maxwell said Baker's accomplishments at the Civic Center were outstanding, and his passion for flying would work well in airport management.

"Joey, of course, has all the basics. First and foremost, he is a pilot and the pilots know him," the city manager said. "He is a fantastic facilities manager who has done a great job at the Civic Center and is very capable of managing a facility such as the airport." 

Baker's efforts over the past year working with the Civic Center Board, county commissioners and the Equine Committee to expand the livestock facilities highlighted only a few of his abilities, according to Maxwell.

"What I really like about Joey are the intangible abilities," Maxwell said. "His interpersonal skills are what I find most appealing. He thinks like a manager, he sees the undercurrents in an issue, and I think that will make him very successful."

When the transition is complete, the city manager said, he has assured county commissioners that Baker will be available as needed while the county brings in a new manager for the Civic Center.

"It is in the city's self-interest to make this transition smooth," Maxwell said. "Any success at the Civic Center is a success for our citizens as well, so I am going to make Mr. Baker available to handle any issues as they arise."

Hopkins County Judge Cletis Millsap praised Baker for his work at the Civic Center and said finding a replacement would not be an easy task. 

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