Leaders dedicate the John H. Baker Public Safety Center

Posted September 15, 2008 8:16 p.m. EDT
Updated September 15, 2008 10:36 p.m. EDT

— Wake County Commissioners dedicated the John H. Baker, Jr. Public Safety Center on Monday.

Sheriff Donnie Harrison, Wake County Commissioner Joe Bryan, County Manager David Cooke and several guests spoke at the dedication.

The 60 member Southeast Raleigh High School Chorus and the John H. Baker, Jr. Gospel Choir took part in the ceremony.

In November, commissioners voted to rename the Wake County Public Safety Center in honor of former sheriff. He was the county's first black sheriff, and he served for more than two decades.

During his tenure, Baker improved the sheriff's office by establishing of a voluntary firearm registration system and forming the county's first homicide unit. Another of his major accomplishments was securing funding for the $56 million Wake County Public Safety Center that opened in downtown Raleigh in 1991.

Baker died in October, at the age of 72.