Governor Parris N. Glendening announced the appointment yesterday of a 20-year Baltimore Gas & Electric employee to the Maryland Public Service Commission, and the promotion of Richard F. Pecora, deputy secretary of the state's Department of General Services, to secretary of the environment.
In his recess appointment to the regulatory commission - which, among its responsibilities, reviews rates charged by utility companies, including BGE - company retiree Harold D. Williams, 58, will serve the remainder of a five-year term that began July 1 and was vacated by Commissioner Claude M. Ligon. Williams' appointment is subject to state Senate confirmation.
Before retiring in January, Williams was director of corporate procurement services for BGE, responsible for the management of more than $34 million in goods and services.
Over his career, the Parkton resident also directed BGE's procurement opportunity program, developed its minority procurement program and coordinated the construction of a $100 million power plant at Brandon Shores. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Coppin State College.
In the environmental appointment, Pecora, 58, will replace acting environmental secretary Merrylin Zaw-Mon, effective immediately. Zaw-Mon will resume her position as deputy secretary.
Pecora has been deputy secretary of the Department of General Services since 1999. The Baltimore native came to the department from the state Department of Transportation where he served in the Office of Real Estate Development.