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WSSC Names New Chief of Plant Operations

Production Veteran Accepts Key Position

LAUREL, MD – December 19, 2014:  WSSC veteran James (J.C.) Langley has been named as the utility’s Chief of Plant Operations, a critical position which oversees the operation and maintenance of WSSC’s Production facilities. Langley has worked at WSSC for 26 years and has been acting in this role since May 2013.

WSSC’s primary purpose is to provide water and wastewater services to an estimated 1.8 million people in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. “Considering our mission here at WSSC, the importance of the Chief of Plant Operations cannot be overstated,” said WSSC General Manager/CEO Jerry N. Johnson. “There was some very tough competition for this position, but Mr. Langley demonstrated great knowledge and expertise as well as excellent management and leadership skills. I have great confidence in him.”

In this key role, Langley leads the Production Team and also acts as WSSC’s Water Utility Emergency Response Manager (WUERM) in the event of a declared water emergency. His team coordinates with numerous agencies regarding regional water supply, wastewater treatment and related issues. Langley also provides oversight for the monitoring of WSSC drinking water and wastewater discharges for compliance with federal, state and local regulations. Like all WSSC employees, J.C. takes that shared responsibility seriously: to provide safe and reliable water to our communities and return clean water responsibly.

“I am proud to work at WSSC and manage operations that have such an important impact on our communities and in protecting our environment,” said Langley. “I share that pride with all WSSC employees along with the responsibility to provide safe and reliable water to communities and then return clean water to the environment.  We often say that our presence is out of sight and out of the minds of our customers, but it is always at the forefront of what we do.”

After starting his WSSC career as an Electrical Mechanic at the Western Branch wastewater treatment plant, Langley moved up and across the organization gaining valuable experience in many different aspects of WSSC operations. He utilized his degree in Information Systems Management and academic studies in Estuarine Resource Technology to gain valuable experience along the way in WSSC processes and overall water and wastewater operations.

Langley now leads the nearly 300 employees of the Production Team that operate and maintain WSSC’s water filtration and wastewater treatment plants, pumping stations, storage facilities, distribution system, consolidated laboratory, dams, reservoirs and watersheds. The Production Team also manages the utility’s biosolids and energy management programs including greenhouse gas planning, anaerobic digestion, and renewable energy initiatives.

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