Director Betty Baker Receives NFBPA's Mark of Excellence Award


The National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) bestowed the organization’s highest honor upon City of Gainesville Interim Administrative Services Director Betty Baker during its national convention held April 13-17 in Portland, Oregon.

“I am deeply honored to receive the prestigious Mark of Excellence Award from the NFBPA. During a career of more than 35-years in public service, I have learned that to lead, one must be willing to serve. I thank the NFBPA for its important service to the national community of black public administrators and for this extraordinary recognition,” said Baker.

The award is presented to an African-American public administrator who has achieved extraordinary success in the field of public management, while demonstrating unparalleled commitment to the community.

Baker was presented the award by the organization’s National President Bruce Moore, City Manager of Little Rock, Arkansas at the Annual Marks of Excellence Banquet on April 16.

The recipient of this award must be an individual engaged in public administration who has performed acts of public service, which have been conspicuous in its benefits to the greater community, and who has exhibited exemplary leadership qualities that have inspired those associated with her to strive for excellence in performance and service.

Baker started her career as para professional, and has served in many roles including social work; rehabilitation therapist; unit director for the Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee, Florida; Operations and Management Consultant; Director of Personnel, Equal Opportunity Officer and Assistant City Manager for the City of Cincinnati, Ohio; and Director of Administrative Services, Assistant County Manager and County Manager for the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners.

“Betty Baker’s knowledge has been a great value to the local NFBPA chapter,” said Charlie Jackson, president of the local North Florida Central Chapter. “We are very fortunate to have her as a professional mentor, friend as well as a leader in our community.