Leggett Moves to Reshape WSSC Board
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett is trying to put his stamp on the politically-charged and often dysfunctional board of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, which serves Montgomery and Prince George's counties.
Leggett submitted the names of two politcal veterans - Gene Counihan and Adrienne Mandel - for approval by the County Council. Counihan is a former state delegate who was a special assistant to former governor Parris Glendening and most recently a lobbyist in Annapolis for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
Mandel was also a member of the General Assembly for three terms. She ran unsuccessfully last fall to replace Sen. Leonard H. Teitelbaum in District 19. For 10 years, Mandel was a lobbyist for Montgomery County in Annapolis.
There was little question after a meeting with the council yesterday that Leggett's nominations would be approved. Council President Marilyn Praisner told Leggett she understood the dynamics on the six-member board and the need to act quickly.
Counihan and Mandel would join Leggett's other appointee, Norman Pruitt, an equal opportunity specialist at the US Department of Agriculture's Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service.
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