Keith E. Bell Becomes Newest WSSC Water Commissioner Representing Prince George’s County

Administrative Law Judge Brings Extensive Background in Complex Disability and Labor Law Issues

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel, Md. – December 18, 2019 – Keith E. Bell today participates in his first WSSC Water Commission meeting as the newest member of the water utility’s Board of Commissioners. The Prince George’s County resident was unanimously approved to serve as a Commissioner by members of the Prince George’s County Council in November. Held today, Wednesday, December 18, at 10 a.m., at WSSC Water’s headquarters in Laurel, the meeting is open to the public and available via livestream directly on WSSC Water’s website.

“This appointment fits in nicely with my professional skills and personal passion to protect this vital natural resource,” said Bell. “In fact, efforts to safeguard drinking water sources in the 1970s actually led me to become a prosecutor. I’m committed to helping WSSC Water continue delivering on its clean water mission, and I extend my sincere appreciation to County Executive Angela Alsobrooks and members of the Prince George’s County Council for their confidence in appointing me to this important role.”

Bell currently serves as Administrative Law Judge at the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, he has adjudicated cases arising under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. A career public servant, Bell began his legal career as an assistant district attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. Thereafter, he enjoyed a long career as a civil litigator/prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Solicitor, Mine Safety and Health Division. With undergraduate and Juris Doctorate degrees from North Carolina Central University, Bell has been a resident of Prince George’s County for more than 20 years. His full bio can be read here.

Bell’s appointment fills the final vacant Commission seat. Six Commissioners, three from each county, govern WSSC Water. The Commissioners are appointed to four-year terms by their respective county executives and are confirmed by their county councils. More information on Bell and the other WSSC Water Commissioners can be found here.

WSSC Water is the proud provider of safe, seamless and satisfying water services, making the essential possible every day for our neighbors in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. We work to deliver our best because it’s what our customers expect and deserve.

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