William A. Badger, one of the five regulators who helps set telephone and electricity rates in Maryland, will step down Aug. 30 to take a job heading a trade association of Pennsylvania electric companies.
After 14 years as a member of the Public Service Commission, Mr. Badger had become known both in and out of Maryland for his outspoken opinions, including support for proposals to limit regulators' ability to second-guess electric companies' decisions to build power plants.
Last year, he cast the sole dissenting vote in a decision enabling callers to hide their identity from machines that can display their phone numbers. "When someone calls you, that, in effect, is an intrusion of a person's privacy. The party who is called should have a right to know who is calling," Mr. Badger said.
The 60-year-old Centreville resident said yesterday that he had asked the governor to reappoint him nine months ago.
But, Mr. Badger said, his five-year term expired June 30 without any indication the governor either planned to reappoint or replace him.
Page Boinest, a spokeswoman for the governor, said yesterday that Mr. Badger was to have been recommended for reappointment sometime late this year. She said that she didn't know why he was never told of the governor's intentions.
Mr. Badger, who was elected president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners last year, said that he would have to resign as head of that regulators' group as well.
PSC Chairman Frank Heintz said the panel "will greatly miss Mr. Badger. He is an exceedingly well-informed and hard-working commissioner."