Verdenia C. Baker 

Verdenia C. Baker
County Administrator


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As Palm Beach County Administrator, Verdenia Baker is responsible for carrying out the policies of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. A certified financial manager, Verdenia manages the daily operation of county government, which includes more than 6,300 employees and an annual budget of approximately $4.4 billion.   More>>

There are four professionals helping the County Administrator manage the day-to-day operations of Palm Beach County government. Each is in charge of several departments as well as serving as liaison to a number of councils, committees and boards.

Nancy Bolton 

Nancy Bolton, Assistant County Administrator, joined the County in 2004 serving as the Director of the Risk Management Department before her appointment to Administration in 2016. Prior to joining the County, she served as Risk Manager for the City of Pompano Beach and Hall County, GA. Ms. Bolton oversees Community Services, Fire Rescue, Human Resources, the Office of Equal Opportunity, Purchasing, and Risk Management.

Todd Bonlarron 

Todd J. Bonlarron, Assistant County Administrator, joined the county in 1999 as Executive Director of the Legislative Delegation and more recently served as Director of Legislative Affairs responsible for developing the legislative program for the County Commission, and coordinating the County’s lobbying efforts in Tallahassee and Washington DC. Mr. Bonlarron oversees Cooperative Extension Service, Legislative Affairs, Libraries, Palm Tran, Public Affairs, Water Utilities and Youth Services. He also serves as the liaison to the Department of Health, Health Care District, Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency (TPA), and Supervisor of Elections.

Faye Outlaw 

Faye W. Johnson joined the County in 2016 as an Assistant County Administrator. She oversees the Departments of Criminal Justice Commission, Housing and Economic Sustainability, Medical Examiner, Parks and Recreation and Public Safety.  She also serves as the liaison to the Business Development Board, CareerSource of Palm Beach County, Court Programs, Housing Financing Authority and Westgate/Belvedere Homes CRA. Prior to joining the County, Ms. Johnson served as County Administrator and Assistant County Administrator for St. Lucie County. She also served as Deputy Director of Economic Development for the City of Ft. Lauderdale and Director of Housing & Community Development for the City of West Palm Beach.

Patrick Rutter 

Patrick Rutter, Assistant County Administrator, joined the county in 2003 serving as the chief planner in the Planning Division.  He was subsequently selected as executive director of the Planning, Zoning and Building Department in 2016.  He was appointed to County Administration in 2018. Mr. Rutter oversees Planning, Zoning and Building, Engineering and Public Works, Environmental Resources Management, the Office of Resilience and the Office of Community Revitalization.  He also serves as liaison to the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council and the Solid Waste Authority.  Prior to joining the county, he served as the director of Growth Management for the city of Weston and as a planner for the city of Pembroke Pines.