Baker announces for 1st District constable


   Brent Baker is announcing his candidacy for constable in the 1st District in the Aug. 1 General Election.
   Baker currently is employed as a nuclear security officer at Nuclear Fuel Services Inc. in Erwin. He also is a member of the Carter County Sheriff's Department's Reserves, which he joined in July 2000.
   Baker, 43, is a graduate of the Tennessee Correction Officers Academy and also is a graduate of the Institute of Security Services for Advanced Tactical Operations. He formerly was employed as a Correction officer and also has served as a member of the S.W.A.T. team at Nuclear Fuels.
   Baker said he believes he is well-qualified for the job. "I do feel I have the experience," he said, and "I think that I would do a good job.
   "I would like to be the community peace officer and serve the people here in the 1st District. It would be a new challenge for me, and I'm always looking forward to new challenges. I think I could best serve the people of my community by doing that."
   Before becoming a reserve officer for the sheriff's department Baker was required to pass the Civil Service test which "was more difficult than the Correction officer exam I took to become a state Correction officer," he said, It's not an easy test."
   When Baker went to take the Civil Service exam, "There were about 15 people who took it, and eight failed it," he said.
   Baker is married and resides in Stoney Creek with his wife "and two lovely children."
   If elected, he said, "I am looking forward to serving the community."