Jim Baker, vice-president for business development for National Bank of Arkansas, has formed a fact-finding committee to explore his candidacy for Faulkner County Judge in 2014.
“The committee will look at issues facing the county’s record growth, the opportunities to partnership with the county’s towns and school districts, and maintain and strive to improve on the County Judge’s office, meeting the needs of the County’s citizens working within budget guidelines,” Baker said.
Baker joined NBA in 2002 as vice-president for business development and has seen the bank in Faulkner County grow over 500 percent in 11 years.
In 2013, Baker was appointed by Gov. Mike Beebe to serve on the Arkansas Claims Commission, a division of the State Legislature to hear and address claims against the State of Arkansas.
Baker moved to Faulkner County in 1968 with a business agriculture degree from Southern Arkansas University and worked for Central Arkansas Production Credit, financing farmers and ranchers.
He joined Lewis Livestock in 1983 as working manager, marketing livestock for Central Arkansas producers. In 1984, he was appointed the first Administrator of Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington. That agency sets the grain marketing standards and regulates the livestock and poultry marketing in the U.S.
Baker is a retired Command Sgt. Major with 35 years of service in Army Reserve Components.
He and his wife Linda have been married 42 years and have two children, Monica Baker of Memphis and Jason Baker of Little Rock.
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