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KNOXVILLE — Daniel Baker, a 25-year veteran of law enforcement who most recently worked in management and security at BWXT Y-12, will be the new executive director of the University of Tennessee’s Law Enforcement Innovation Center.

Daniel Baker
Daniel Baker
He will replace Mike Sullivan, who retires Sept. 8, after more than five years with LEIC.

Baker — who, like Sullivan, comes as a loaned executive of BWXT Y-12 — has worked for the U.S. Department of Energy for 17 years.

Since 2004, he has been a senior security consultant at the Y-12 complex in Oak Ridge. His responsibilities have included information security, classification, personnel security and cyber security. He also has served on teams that evaluate serious discipline, employment terminations and potential workplace violence concerns.

Prior to going to Oak Ridge, Baker was the manager of security and emergency management at several U.S. DOE nuclear sites in Miamisburg, Ohio, and Richland, Wash.

Before that, Baker spent 25 years as a commander with the Dayton (Ohio) Police Department, leading the violent crimes bureau and the hostage negotiation team. He also served as a consultant to the Cincinnati, Ohio, city manager, and was responsible for implementing the federal court-approved Collaborative Agreement that requires oversight of the police department when allegations are made regarding the use of excessive force, shots fired and death in custody.

Baker also has acted as a business consultant on workplace violence prevention, executive protection, substance abuse, mental health, hiring, firing and discipline.

Baker has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Dayton. He is a licensed professional counselor, a certified chemical dependency counselor in Ohio, and a certified instructor with the Ohio Peace Officer Academy. He also has instructor certification with the U.S. DOE Central Training Academy.

An agency of the UT Institute for Public Service, LEIC provides innovative and technologically based training and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies and communities. It includes the Center for Homeland Security Training, the National Forensic Academy, Southeastern Command and Leadership Academy, and the UT Regional Community Policing Institute.

Amy Blakely, (865) 974-5034, amy.blakely@tennessee.edu
Queena Jones, (865) 974-1533, queena.jones@tennessee.edu