By Tim Kowols
It will be a homecoming of sorts for James “Mike” Barker after he was announced as the new Sturgeon Bay Municipal Services Director on Thursday. A 23-year veteran of the United States Coast Guard, Barker and his family decided to make Sturgeon Bay their home after he was stationed in the city from 2004 to 2006. The city received 22 applicants for the position after former director Bob Bordeau resigned from the post in February. City administrator Josh VanLieshout was not available via telephone for comment, but said in a press release that “Mike’s prior career, education, and leadership skills are the traits that will help make Mike a success in Sturgeon Bay.” Barker’s first day is June 4.