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Keith E. Bell

Commissioner | Prince George's County

Keith E. Bell was appointed to the WSSC Board of Commissioners, representing Prince George’s County, in November 2019, served as Vice Chair in June 2020 and elected Chair in June 2021. He is a native of Staten Island, New York and has been a resident of Prince George’s County, Maryland for more than twenty years.  He earned his undergraduate degree, with honors, from North Carolina Central University and is a lawyer by profession with a Juris Doctorate degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina.  After law school, Mr. 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.  In 1998, Mr. Bell was appointed to serve as a Special Assistant United States Attorney during a six-month detail in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alexandria Virginia where he prosecuted a variety of cases under the United States Code.  In 2011, he was appointed to the ranks of federal administrative law judges and began his tenure on the bench at the Social Security Administration’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review in Columbia Missouri.  Since his January 2012 appointment to serve as an administrative law judge at the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission based in downtown Washington, D.C., Mr. Bell has adjudicated cases arising under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.