(Lander, Wyo.) – After nearly 39 years, Fremont County Weed & Pest Supervisor Lars Baker is retiring.

A reception is being held this afternoon in his honor in the Fremont County Courthouse.

Baker recalled starting as an assistant supervisor all those years ago when the department had only three employees, including himself. He said the budget for the department then was roughly $180,000 and now it’s about $3.5 million, with 18 full-time employees and up to 48 in the summer.

“I really like our biological control weed program,” Baker said, saying it was one of his favorite improvements over the old days only spraying weeds to kill them.

He said the Fremont County Weed & Pest Board is still in the hiring process for a new Supervisor. Baker’s last day on the job is Dec. 17.