Howard Denis Elected New WSSC Water Commission Chair

Keith Bell Elected Vice Chair

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel, Md. – June 17, 2020 – Howard Denis today was elected the new WSSC Water Commission Chair. Denis, a Commissioner representing Montgomery County since January 2016, was unanimously selected during today’s monthly Commission meeting. Denis succeeds Chris Lawson, who will continue serving as a Commissioner representing Prince George’s County.

Keith Bell, also a Commissioner from Prince George’s County, was unanimously elected Vice Chair at today’s meeting. Both men will serve in their respective roles until June 2021.

With four decades in public service, Denis brings a proven track record of representing and working for his constituency. Prior to being appointed as a WSSC Water Commissioner, he served on the Congressional Staff on the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee. He also served for 18 years as a Maryland State Senator (1977-1995) and six years on the Montgomery County Council (2000-2006). In addition to serving on the Maryland State Lottery Commission, Denis is a five-time delegate to the Republican National Convention. 

“I am honored to serve as Chair of an esteemed organization dedicated to public health by providing safe, clean water to our 1.8 million customers,” said Denis. “As we navigate through COVID-19, I will work closely with our dedicated employees to ensure we continue to meet the clean-water needs of our customers, while maintaining our strong financial position.”

Bell was appointed as Commissioner in November 2019. He currently serves as Administrative Law Judge at the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission in Washington, D.C.

A career public servant, Bell began his legal career as an assistant district attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. He has also served as a civil litigator/prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Solicitor, Mine Safety and Health Division.

Six commissioners govern WSSC Water, which has an annual $1.5 billion operating and capital budget. Three commissioners are residents of Montgomery County and three are residents of Prince George’s County. Commissioners are appointed by their respective county executives to four-year terms and are confirmed by their county councils.

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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