State of Maryland

DEPUTY PEOPLE'S COUNSEL (#009024)

- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $80,167.00-$150,858.00 Yearly


NATURE OF WORK

A Deputy People’s Counsel assists the People’s Counsel in the management of the Office of People’s Counsel and supervises Assistant People’s Counsels engaged in representing the interests of residential and non-commercial consumers of public utilities before the Maryland Public Service Commission, the courts and federal and State agencies. An employee in this classification supervises Assistant People’s Counsels I, II, III and IV.

An employee in this classification receives managerial supervision from the People’s Counsel. An employee in this classification may be required to travel throughout the State to attend evening and weekend hearings and may be required to work overtime to meet deadlines.

The Deputy People’s Counsel is differentiated from the Assistant People’s Counsel IV in that the Deputy People’s Counsel supervises Assistant People’s Counsels I, II, III and IV while the Assistant People’s Counsel IV does not supervise.

EXAMPLES OF WORK

Supervises Assistant People’s Counsels engaged in representing the interests of residential and non-commercial consumers of public utilities before the Maryland Public Service Commission, the courts, and federal and State agencies;

Supervises and oversees the litigation strategy, investigation of complaints and case management of Assistant People’s Counsels I, II, III and IV;

Acts as lead counsel in complex and non-routine utility litigation in State and federal agencies and courts;

Directs the planning, scheduling, organization and coordination of staff and consultants involved in utility litigation;

Identifies State and federal issues which may impact Maryland residential consumers and brings them to the attention of the People’s Counsel;

Advises the People’s Counsel regarding utility cases and potential litigation strategy at State and federal regulatory agencies and courts;

With the People’s Counsel develops long-range strategy for the Office in State and federal energy matters and assists the People’s Counsel in planning for and obtaining resources necessary to implement the strategy;

Prepares testimony for State and federal legislative hearings;

Conducts and attends public hearings, conferences and meetings with consumer groups and addresses them on matters of rate making and public policy;

Provides assistance to the People’s Counsel regarding budgetary and personnel issues and the development of office policy;

Performs other related duties.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Education: Possession of a Juris Doctor or an equivalent degree from an accredited school of law.

Experience: Four years of experience in a government agency practicing law related to the regulation of public utilities or five years as a practicing attorney.

Notes:

1. An employee must be a member of the Maryland Bar at the time of appointment.

2. The above requirements are set by the Office of People’s Counsel in accordance with Article 78, sections 14 - 15B of the Annotated Code of Maryland.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in general attorney classification or general attorney specialty codes in the legal and kindred group field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education. 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Class descriptions broadly define groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

Date Revised

Sep 1 2000 12:00AM

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 009024; EST: ; REV: 9/1/2014;

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