AURORA | A former Aurora Police supervisor and longtime Arapahoe County employee has thrown his hat into the ring for the District 3 county commissioner race.
Jeff Baker, a Republican, currently works as manager of facility and property operations for the Facilities and Fleet Management Department for Arapahoe County. He has worked for Arapahoe County for 17 years, also having worked in the county’s human services department.
Baker, who has lived in Arapahoe County the past 22 years, also spent five years as supervisor of crime scene investigation for the Aurora Police Department. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1993 as a chief warrant officer after 17 years of military service, including combat support during Desert Shield/Desert Storm in 1989 and 1990.
Baker announced his candidacy during the Aug. 5 Arapahoe Republican Breakfast Club meeting. His entrance into the race sets up a Republican primary for the District 3 seat, where Tom Coker, of Aurora, is also filed to run.
In addition to his work in Aurora and Arapahoe County government, Baker has taught forensic science and other law-enforcement topics for the Law Enforcement Academy at the Community College of Aurora since 1996.
Baker is a native Coloradan and is married to Yangson Baker. They have two adult children. He also is a deacon for Young-Nak Presbyterian Church of Denver on South Parker Road, where he oversees the youth ministry program.
Baker’s campaign website is www.committeetoelectjeffbaker.org.