Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008

Executive will leave WSSC after three years

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The general manager of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission is leaving the utility on Feb. 28 after three years.

Andrew D. Brunhart’s departure was announced Thursday to employees of the agency, which provides water and sewer services to about 1.8 million customers in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. The news was first reported by WTOP radio Friday.

Brunhart — an electrical and civil engineer and retired Navy captain — came to the WSSC in the wake of a bitter struggle that divided the utility’s governing board and ousted his predecessor in buyout deal.

Brunhart clashed with some members of the board, particularly those from Prince George’s County.

Montgomery’s and Prince George’s county executives each appoint three of the six members who make up the utility’s governing board.

In his first year as county executive, Isiah Leggett (D) replaced all of Montgomery’s members.