Former Los Alamos County Administrator Max Baker Has Died

Former County Administrator Max Baker with his beloved wife Kathryn by his side returned to Los Alamos from Utah in April 2014 to attend the retirement party for longtime County employee Kyle Zimmerman at Fuller Lodge. Baker and Zimmerman worked together for many years. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Former Los Alamos County Administrator Max Baker has died following a courageous battle with cancer. He and his wife Kathryn have been living in Farmington, Utah for several years.

Baker’s career at Los Alamos County spanned nearly two decades. He was first hired in January 1992 as Director of Finance. In 1999 he was promoted to Administrative Services Director and also served as Interim County Administrator for several months during this period and on other occasions. He was promoted to Deputy County Administrator in 2001. The Los Alamos County Council appointed Baker to the County Administrator position in 2005. His held that position until his retirement in 2009.

County staff held Baker in high esteem and as a way to honor him on his last day of work; Baker was taken on a special bus tour of all the County Departments and facilities spread around town at that time. Employees turned out at every stop to thank him, hug him and wish him the best in his retirement.

Baker also was highly regarded throughout this community and he will be deeply missed.

Funeral arrangements are pending.