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Some tough shoes to fill

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By Ralph Damiani

Los Alamos will lose more than its county administrator at the end of the year. It will lose a steady hand that has taken the county through some tough times.

Since Max Baker took over the county in December 2004, the difference in how things are done has been more than noticeable.

For those who were here during that crazy year of 2004, you remember the fighting that went on between council and administration and the ugly exchanges which eventually led to the messy resignation of the administrator.

That situation was quickly turned around and Baker got things running smoothly again. And in the ensuing years it has remained calm.

Now, he is leaving. But he is leaving a county untarnished by controversy. Now, don’t get us wrong, we have not agreed with everything his administration has done.

But it has generally followed the directions of council and has done that faithfully. That is Baker’s job. He is not the policy-setter, he is the one who carries the policies out.

And this he has done admirably.

His work has been done openly, with integrity and with care. You might disagree with him, but you should never doubt this honesty.


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