Two New Commissioners Appointed to WSSC Commission
Fausto Bayonet Elected New Chairman: Becomes One of Maryland’s Highest Ranking Latino Officials
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
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Laurel – June 16, 2016: Two new Commissioners assumed their positions on the Board of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission at yesterday’s monthly meeting. Thomasina Rogers of Prince George’s County and T. Eloise Foster of Montgomery County both have distinguished careers in Federal and State government, respectively.
Rogers is the former Chair of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, to which she was first appointed in 1998. Prior to that, she led the Administrative Conference of the United States, and also headed the Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She received her undergraduate degree in journalism from Northwestern University and her law degree from Columbia University School of Law.
When Foster was appointed as the Secretary of Budget & Management in 2000, she became the first African American woman to hold this statewide office in the nation. She returned to this role under then-Governor Martin O’Malley, serving from 2007-2015. She also served as Deputy Secretary of Budget & Management and Assistant Secretary of Budget & Fiscal Planning prior to that. Foster earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Howard University and her MBA from American University’s Kogod School of Business.
Also at yesterday’s meeting, Fausto Bayonet was elected the new Chair of the Commission. Bayonet was appointed to the Commission representing Montgomery County in 2015. His election makes him one of the highest ranking Latino public officials in the State of Maryland.
Bayonet, a native of the Dominican Republic, worked in the architectural and engineering fields for three decades. He has lived in Montgomery County for more than 40 years, where he has volunteered for county executives and Council members, governors, lieutenant governors, delegates, congressmen and senators. He is also a member of the Hispanic Democratic Club of Montgomery County and served on its executive board. In addition, he has volunteered for a variety of institutions that serve the Latino community of the Metropolitan area.
“I believe that with change comes opportunity,” said Bayonet. “Our new general manager has been moving quickly to establish her team and her priorities and I believe there is a lot of excitement and optimism inside and outside the Commission, about what is happening. I welcome her approach and I look forward to frequent and open dialogue with her, members of her team and with our partners in the counties.”
Also at yesterday’s meeting, Chris Lawson was elected Vice Chair from Prince George’s County. He was appointed to the Commission in 2011 and has served as the Chair in FY13 and as Vice Chair in FY12, FY14 and FY16.
Six Commissioners govern WSSC, which has an annual $1.4 billion operating and capital budget. 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.
Established in 1918, today WSSC is among the largest water and wastewater utilities in the nation. We proudly serve the 1.8 million residents of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, providing life’s most precious resource. WSSC drinking water has always met or exceeded federal standards.
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.