“Someone has to sit in your chair, but no one will ever replace you,” Michael Baker told David Frick a minute after Baker was sworn in Friday as Indiana County commissioner, succeeding Frick who will resign from office on Dec. 31.
Baker’s appointment will be effective Jan. 1, and he will complete Frick’s term and serve through the end of 2015.
Baker, a former Indiana County coroner, was selected by the Indiana County Republican Committee from a field of 13 candidates to succeed Frick.
Indiana County President Judge William Martin, flanked by Judges Carol Hanna and Thomas Bianco, administered the oath of office.
Martin said such swearing-in ceremonies remind him of the difference between a politician and a statesman. Politicians, Martin said, always have an eye on the next election, whereas a true statesman keeps his eye on the greater good and has the courage to do what’s right. Indiana County has been fortunate, Martin said, to have had a true statesman in Frick.
“This is a great honor for me,” Baker told the audience of his friends and relatives and elected officials and courthouse staff after the oath. He added he will do everything in his power to uphold the office of commissioner.
[PHOTO: Mike Baker, incoming county commissioner, raised his right hand as he was sworn in Friday at the Indiana County Court House to fill the seat of Dave Frick. (Teri Enciso/Gazette photo)]