Gazette, 18 Jun 2009 (Hyslop).
The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission's governing board has picked D.C. Water and Sewer Authority General Manager Jerry Johnson to lead the utility that supplies water and sewer service to most residents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties.
According to a source familiar with the commission's actions during a closed-door conference call meeting Thursday, Johnson was hired pending a background check and salary negotiations.
Johnson announced in April that he would be leaving the Washington, D.C., utility, but he had been pressured to leave after reports surfaced that residents were exposed to lead contamination during his tenure.
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Johnson, who headed D.C. WASA for 12 years, was blamed for failing to tell D.C. residents that lead contamination had been found in their water in 2004 and that the health of hundreds of children was put at risk by lead exposure.
(Posted 18 Jun 2009)