STALLINGS – Mayor Wyatt Dunn presented a key to the town to Richard Baker on Nov. 13 at Stallings Town Hall for his role in driving development over 27 years.
Baker has chaired the Stallings Planning Board from 1990 to 2017. The board vets rezoning projects for Stallings commissioners.
“You either done a great job or nobody could get you out of that seat,” Dunn said jokingly before reading a proclamation recognizing Baker’s years of service.
The town has also dedicated a bench at town hall in Baker’s honor.
Councilmember Deborah Romanov described Baker as her mentor, having served with him for 12 years on the planning board.
“You were my daddy at times and treated me like a daughter, and I love you for it,” Romanov told Baker. “I have the utmost respect for you. You are a man of integrity, trustworthiness and have guided this town.”
Jack Hudson, acting chairman of the planning board, said there’s no way to calculate the amount of time Baker put into his work or the amount of debt the town owes him for services rendered.
“Serving in a civic role brought much personal satisfaction to Richard but at the same time a bucket full of heartburn on a handful of occasions,” Hudson said.