GRENADA, Miss. (WTVA) - The Grenada city manager is leaving to assist former Vice President Joe Biden in his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
Trey Baker told WTVA that Biden hired him as the national director for African American engagement.
The Grenada native said the role is an effort to connect the former vice president with African American voters.
Biden is considered the front-runner in a crowded field of Democrats trying to win the party's nomination, but the race is now gathering pace.
Baker is no stranger to politics having served as the legislative aide and counsel to state Congressman Bennie Thompson in 2014 until his appointment as Grenada's city manager in 2016.
He will begin his leave of absence from government next week.
In the meantime, Baker said the City of Grenada will issue a press release Thursday on how they plan to fill the city manager's role during his absence.