Hodges University has announced the recognition of Doug Baker, Fort Myers Chief of Police, as its 2010 Founders’ Award winner – an honor annually conferred upon a Hodges University graduate who has provided outstanding and distinguished service to our community. The award will be presented at the Hodges University Luminary Award luncheon, paying tribute to community activist Veronica Shoemaker.
Chief Baker earned a Bachelor of Science Management in 2000, and followed with his Master of Science in Management in 2005.
“I am honored to have been chosen to receive the Founders Award from Hodges University,” said Baker. “It's an even greater honor to be recognized alongside Ms. Veronica Shoemaker. I am humbled by her endless contributions, dedication and service to our community."
“Hodges University is extremely proud of Chief Baker and all that he has done for the city of Fort Myers,” said Phil Memoli, Director of Development at Hodges. “His leadership and outstanding service as police chief has truly brought honor and respect to the entire Fort Myers Police Department. Hodges University is proud to recognize his commitment to the safety of our city as well as his many civic efforts outside of the office. Both Chief Baker and Veronica Shoemaker are two leaders who, side by side, have heard the call of duty and have served our community with integrity, and they both deserve to be recognized for their contributions.”
Chief Baker joined the Fort Myers Police Department in 1986 as a patrolman, being promoted through the ranks to his current position as Chief of Police on January 1, 2009. He graduated from the 216th session of the National Academy in March, 2004.
Through the years, Baker has served the Fort Myers community, starting as a road patrol officer, then as a detective with the Special Investigations Group, was promoted to road Sergeant in 1998 and later as a supervisor for Public Housing, Community Policing, and Crime Prevention Units, Citizen Police Academy, and an Intensive Neighborhood Patrol comprised of civilians. He was promoted to Captain of Operations in 2001 and subsequently to Major in 2003.
Chief Baker is a member of the Legislative Committee for the Florida Police Chiefs Association, Lee Mental Health Center Board of Directors, City of Fort Myers Local Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, area representative for the FBI National Academy and is also involved with various other community organizations.
Baker and his wife, Connie, live in Fort Myers and have three children. Chief Baker will be honored during the Hodges University Luminary Award luncheon on February 3 at 11am at the Pelican Preserve Golf Club in Fort Myers. The 2010 Luminary Award will be presented to long time community activist Veronica Shoemaker. For more information, phone (239) 938-7826.