WSSC Media Release - June 27, 2012




Chris Lawson of Prince George’s County
Elected New WSSC Commission Chair


Contact: Jim Neustadt
(301) 206-8100

John C. White
(301) 206-8100



Laurel – June 27. 2012: Chris Lawson of Prince George’s County was elected as the new Chair of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. Lawson, a member of the Commission since May 2011, is the former Vice Chair.

“I am honored to serve as Chair and look forward to working with the other commissioners,” said Lawson. “I understand the full scope of the challenges we face and we will address them together to provide long-term reliable service to the community.”   

As Chair, “I want to look inside and outside WSSC to build relationships and partnerships on all levels, with all stakeholders,” said Lawson, who is President and Principal of Insuraty, Inc.  And he invoked Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in stating,   “I want to rise above individual concerns to protect the lives, homes, water and safety of our customers.”

The Commissioners also elected Gene W. Counihan of Montgomery County as Vice Chair.  Counihan, who served as Chair from 2009-2010, has been a member of the Commission since 2007. 

A native of Raleigh, NC, Lawson studied business administration at St. Augustine’s College before moving to the Washington metropolitan area.  A licensed insurance broker and advisor, he represented corporations such as American Express Corporate Services, Cigna Healthcare and First Bank Visa.  He then founded Insuraty, Inc. which serves some 75 small and mid-sized companies in the areas of employee benefits consulting, brokerage and administration, including 401k retirement plan advisory and administration.  He has received numerous business awards.

Lawson also has a long record of community service. He is a former president of the South Bowie Boys and Girls Club. In 2003, he was named the Prince George’s County Boys and Girls Club Inc. Man of the Year. He has served on the City of Bowie Diversity Task Force and the Bowie Recreation Committee providing recommendations for recreation fields and facilities development to the Bowie City Council. Lawson was recognized by proclamation from the City of Bowie for his distinguished service in 2003. He continues to mentor young men in his community as a volunteer Varsity Basketball Coach at Bowie High School.

Six Commissioners govern WSSC. Three Commissioners are residents from Montgomery County and three are residents from Prince George’s County. The Commissioners are appointed to four-year terms by their respective county executives and are confirmed by their county councils.

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Established in 1918, today WSSC is among the largest water and wastewater utilities in the nation, with a network of nearly 5,600 miles of fresh water pipeline and more than 5,400 miles of sewer pipeline. Serving 1.8 million residents in Prince George's and Montgomery counties, WSSC drinking water has always met or exceeded federal standards.

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