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 5,500 employees and an annual budget of approximately $5.2 billion.   More>>

There are five 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.

Jon Van Anarm 

Jon Van Arnam, Deputy County Administrator, assists the County Administrator in managing the daily operations of county government.  Jon joined the County in 1988, progressing from professional positions in the Environmental Resources Management Department and a legislative lobbyist role, to Assistant County Administrator in 2005 and Deputy County Administrator in 2015.  He oversees the Criminal Justice Commission, Information System Services Department, Medical Examiner, the Office of Equal Business Opportunity and Public Safety Department.  He conducts special projects for the County Administrator and serves as the county’s liaison to the Courts and the Solid Waste Authority.

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, 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, and Water Utilities. He also serves as the liaison to the Department of Health, Health Care District, Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency (TPA), and Supervisor of Elections.



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.  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.