Commissioner Counihan Retires After 8 Years of Service to WSSC
Dedicated to serving the people of Montgomery County and Maryland for over 50 years
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel – May 28, 2015 – After more than eight years, Gene W. Counihan is retiring as a WSSC Commissioner. He played a key role in supporting a number of important initiatives and operational shifts at WSSC, including advancements in alternative energy, technological upgrades, environmental stewardship and sound financial management.
“I certainly have benefited from many associations with staff I have worked with over the years at WSSC,” stated Counihan, who was recognized for his service at the monthly Commission meeting on Wednesday, May 20. “It has been a good run and it has been a real honor for me to be a part of this group.”
Commission Chair Omar Boulware called Counihan a great go-to person. “He always provided me very wise counsel. He has been a true friend, a great mentor, and someone I am truly going to miss.”
Appointed as a WSSC Commissioner from Montgomery County in October 2007, Counihan has lived and worked in Montgomery County since 1963. His career includes elected and appointed positions in state, regional and county government, and 29 years as a teacher and administrator in the Montgomery County Public Schools.
Addressing Counihan, Commission Vice-Chair Adrienne A. Mandel stated, “We will definitely miss you, but we will work to ensure that WSSC continues to move forward with the strong and enduring legacy your leadership and presence here has provided.”
Counihan was elected to and served three, four-year terms in the Maryland House of Delegates. After leaving the legislature in January 1995, he worked as a special assistant to Governor Parris Glendening before becoming the Maryland Government Relations Officer for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. His numerous community leadership activities include serving as Chair of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, the Montgomery College Board of Trustees, the Committee for Montgomery, the Board of Advisors at the Universities at Shady Grove, and the Olney Theatre Center Board.
“Gene was one of the first people I got to know when I joined WSSC, and he has always been a man of strong will, having overcome very serious health issues,” said Jerry N. Johnson, WSSC GM/CEO. “It has been an absolute pleasure knowing him, learning from him, and witnessing how he operates as a true servant of the people.”
Dr. Roscoe M. Moore, Jr. has also announced his intention to leave the Commission. That will leave two seats for Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett to fill. The County Executives of Montgomery and Prince George’s County each appoint three Commissioners.
For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.