- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 30, 2004

ASSOCIATED PRESS

The vice chairman of the troubled Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission resigned yesterday.

Gerald Roper is the third member of the six-person board to step down in recent months.

Mr. Roper submitted his resignation to Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan. He said he will stay on until the county finds a replacement.

A county government source said Mr. Duncan had asked Mr. Roper to resign earlier in September, setting yesterday as the deadline for him to make a decision. The source said Mr. Duncan had been prepared to dismiss Mr. Roper if he didn’t step down.

The utility provides water service to Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. It has been beset by board infighting and turmoil in its management.

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