Opa-locka has new city manager

caines | 7/12/2012, 5:30 a.m.

Kelvin L. Baker, Sr. gets the appointment

It just one week ago that Brian Finnie, Opa-locka city manager, turned in his letter of resignation during the bi-monthly City Commission meeting, saying that he wanted to be closer to his family and that he believed the City was on the right track and ready for a new coach. Since then, 19 candidates expressed interest in the job with seven being interviewed. Now the dust has settled with the recent swearing-in of Kelvin L. Baker, Sr., as the new city manager of Opa-locka. The ceremony was held on Monday, July 9th Bakers first day on the job. Baker is the former North Miami Beach city manager and was most recently the director of admissions at the University of Ft. Lauderdale. Baker is also the president/CEO of his own management/consulting firm and adjunct professor at Jose Maria Vargas University. An administrative sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, he has earned an MBA, an M.S. in public management and two bachelors degrees in human resources management and Biblical studies. Baker was unavailable for comment, but in a press release he said that he is eager to do more than just take on the title of coach he promises to take lead his new team of directors and staff in the City of Opa-locka to several winning seasons. By D. Kevin McNeirkmcneir@miamitimesonline.com