Former industry leaders regulating state utilities

Critics say agency not helping consumers

March 14, 2006|By ANDREW A. GREEN | ANDREW A. GREEN,SUN REPORTER

D. Douglas DeWitt was no stranger to the Public Service Commission when he was hired recently as its director of rate research and economics. He had appeared in front of the agency before - to explain why his old employer, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., needed to charge consumers higher prices for natural gas.

DeWitt isn't the only high-ranking regulator at the commission overseeing Maryland's utilities to come from the power industry. The head of the accounting division also came from BGE. The agency's chief hearing examiner worked previously for Allegheny Energy Inc., as did the executive secretary, who worked there between stints with the PSC.

CHAIRMAN

APPOINTED

July 2003 by Gov. robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

PREVIOUS POSITION

Republican member of House of Delegates from the Eastern Shore.

TERM ENDS

2008

HAROLD D. WILLIAMS

COMMISSIONER

APPOINTED

October 2002 by Gov. Parris N. Glendening

PREVIOUS POSITION

Director of Corporate Procurement, BGE

TERM ENDS

2009

ALLEN M. FREIFELD

COMMISSIONER

APPOINTED

July 2004 by Ehrlich

PREVIOUS POSITION

Chief regulatory attorney, MCI; chief staff counsel to the PSC.

TERM ENDS

2009

KAREN A SMITH

COMMISSIONER

APPOINTED

April 2005 by Ehrlich

PREVIOUS POSITION

Ehrlich's director of inter-governmental affairs.

TERM ENDS

2006

CHARLES R. BOUTIN

COMMISSIONER

APPOINTED

July 2005 by Ehrlich

PREVIOUS POSITION

Republican member of House of Delegates from Harford County.

TERM ENDS

2010

SOURCE: STATE OF MARYLAND

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