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Michigan Municipal League

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Matt Bach
Director of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C: (810) 874-1073;


Berkley City Councilmember Receives Award for Exceptional Service

Michigan Municipal League Honors Steve Baker

LANSING, Michigan – The Michigan Municipal League has honored Berkley City Councilmember Steve Baker with the Jim Sinclair Exceptional Service Award. He received the recognition during the League’s annual Capital Conference Awards Gala March 20 in Lansing.

Baker was elected to the Berkley City Council in November of 2009 and has been a regular supporter of League events and programs for many years. He is a past member of the League Board of Trustees. The award was presented to Baker by Ferndale Mayor Pro Tem Melanie Piana, vice president of the League Board of Trustees.

“Simply put, Steve Baker makes local government fun!,” Piana said. “A planner at heart, Steve wants the best for communities. He is highly enthusiastic and one of the nicest, most courteous people you’ll meet.” 

While a member of the League Board of Trustees, Baker served on the Convention Ad Hoc Committee and worked with staff to recommend changes regarding Convention, CEAs, Capital Conference, and Regional Meetings. He also is a member of the League’s Elected Officials Academy board and is a Level 2 graduate of the Elected Officials Academy. He was a trainer for the EOA Ambassador Program where he taught other elected officials on making the EOA PowerPoint presentation.

He is always available to assist League staff when needed and is consistently excited about new technology by regularly presenting on the topic at several League conferences. He has served as a panelist at the Newly Elected Officials training programs and is a League Foundation contributor, and has been for many years. Baker is a past member of the Legislative Governance Committee and the Energy & Technology Committee.

Baker and his wife Nicole have lived in Berkley for more than 20 years. He leads the IT strategy and innovation agenda for DTE Energy, where he oversees IT-related interaction and outreach, strategic alignment and integration, and innovation and feasibility on behalf of the company.

Steve holds a bachelor’s of science degree in computer science and masters of science in software engineering from Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan. He is a Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Computing Professional (CCP), and also a published author, conference speaker, and Six-Sigma Black Belt candidate.

About the award: The Jim Sinclair Exceptional Service Award, first awarded in 2008, is a peer nomination in honor and memory of Rogers City Councilmember Jim Sinclair, a tireless promoter of local government and fervent believer in education and training for elected officials. It is a tribute to Sinclair's legacy of personal dedication, passion and commitment to the League and its mission.

For photos of Baker receiving this honor, go to this Michigan Municipal League “Award Recipients” album on flickr: Photos can be downloaded from the League’s flickr page for free. We just ask that the following photo credit be given: Flickr Photo Michigan Municipal League/

For additional information contact the League’s Matt Bach, director of communications, at (734) 669-6317 (office) and

About the League: Michigan Municipal League is dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: its communities. The League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services. Learn more at




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