The youngest of four siblings and a native Coloradan, I grew up in south-central Denver and attended Asbury Elementary School, Grant Junior High School and South High School.
I have been married for 36 years to Yangson Baker, the love of my life. I have lived in Arapahoe County for 24 years and worked here for 18 years. Yangson is a Social Worker specializing in providing post adoption assistance and resources to adoptive families. We have two adult children, Maggie and Timothy, who both live in the Denver Metro area. Raising children in a military family can be difficult because of all the moving around and being posted in occasional small, isolated communities. The upside includes all the places and cultures that Maggie and Timothy got to experience. An interesting bit of trivia about my family is that the males were all born in Colorado and the females were all born in Korea!
Timothy followed my footsteps into the U.S. Army Military Police and is a disabled veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I am very proud of him and his service. Through him, I have come to know more than I wish I did about the state of veteran health care services and the Veteran’s Administration. Maggie is a single mother of my best friend, my 11 year-old granddaughter Helena. Maggie is a great example of a working mom!
Yangson and I have attended Young-Nak Presbyterian Church of Denver for over 25 years. We have always loved sharing our faith with students and participate in significant ways at different times with Sunday School classes and Youth Groups. I am a Deacon in the church and oversee the Youth Ministry Program.
I am a retired Chief Warrant Officer who served in the United States Army, including deployment in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
During my time in the military, I specialized in the field of investigating criminal offenses directed at children. A difficult and highly specialized type of investigation, I witnessed first-hand the trauma that children often suffer at the hands of abusive adults including parents and close relatives. I spent a lot of time interviewing and interrogating suspects of these heinous crimes and was successful in putting many of them in jail and, if appropriate, get them the mental health treatment they needed.
Following my retirement from the Army, I worked for almost five years as the Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Supervisor for the Aurora Police Department. My prior experience in law enforcement and crime scene investigation allows me to teach classes at the Community College of Aurora Police Academy. Since September 1998, I have worked for Arapahoe County, in two different departments, supporting every one of the County’s departments and elected offices. I am intimately familiar with Arapahoe County’s past, present and future plans. I have been employed by Arapahoe County for the last 18 years, including the last 13 years with the Facilities and Fleet Management Department.
In my various leadership positions, I have got to know the people and the business of Arapahoe County. I know the County’s budget process and have worked with others to prepare budgets from the ground up and also revised existing budgets. I have participated in the capital improvement project committee process – helping to identify and prioritize projects for the appropriation of capital expenditure funds.
I look forward to using my experience and expertise within the county to get things done as your next county commissioner!