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TURNBULL NAMES HAROLD BAKER TO HEAD VITEMA

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May 26, 2001 – Government House on Friday announced Gov. Charles W. Turnbull's choice of individuals to fill three positions.
He named Harold M. Baker to be the next director of the V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) and Fernando R. Webster to be the next director of the Office of Veterans Affairs, which falls within the Office of the Governor.
And he nominated Ian Williams Sr. to be director of V.I. Fire Services.
Baker, currently executive director of the Taxicab Commission, will succeed Col. Gene Walker, who will retire on May 31. Baker has been the alternate chief emergency operations coordinator for VITEMA on St. Thomas since 1987, according to a release. He spent 28 years in the Air Force, was Health Department director of hospital security, supply and logistics in 1984-87; and was Property and Procurement Department deputy commissioner in 1988-94.
Turnbull said he is confident that Baker's background in military strategic planning and emergency management coordination have prepared him to assume leadership of VITEMA at the start of the 2001 hurricane season.
Webster is general manager of Neighborhood Shipping, a Christiansted marine transportation company. He is a 17-year National Guard veteran, having served in maintenance, supply management and personnel capacities.
Williams is currently acting Fire Services director. If confirmed by the Legislature, he will succeed Pedro Encarnacion, who retired on May 14. A Navy veteran, he is a former Property and Procurement director of transportation services. He joined Fire Services in 1977, became St. Thomas-St. John district fire marshal in 1984 and retired from service in 1997.

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