Commissioner Odogwu Obi Linton
Odogwu Obi Linton was appointed to the Maryland Public Service Commission in August 2017 after serving for almost nine years as the Commission’s Director of External Relations and Retail Market Development. In that capacity he managed consumer relations and dispute resolutions and led the Commission’s efforts in creating new regulations for consumer protections and theft of energy, consumer education and customer choice, and supplier diversity. He has served the Commission in an advisory capacity on utility consumer and deregulated market matters and is the Founding Chair of the Utility Marketplace Access (now Supplier and Workforce Diversity) Staff Subcommittee for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and has served as a member of the Staff Consumer Affairs Committee for seven years. In June 2020, Commissioner Linton was appointed by NARUC President Brandon Presley to serve on NARUC’s Emergency Preparedness, Recovery and Resiliency Task Force.
He began his career in 1991 as a meter reader and engineering intern at Public Service Electric and Gas in New Jersey. Commissioner Linton first came to the Maryland PSC as a law intern and later clerked for the Honorable Evelyn Omega Cannon in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Commissioner Linton worked as a regulatory attorney at Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, where he worked on the deregulation of the electric industry and specialized in consumer disputes. Over five years later, he rejoined the Commission as Deputy Staff Counsel, where he was assigned the additional responsibility of leading the Commission’s Consumer Dispute Resolution Unit. Commissioner Linton then left the Commission to start his own law firm, where he represented consumers, small businesses and deregulated suppliers in litigation and transactional matters. He eventually closed his firm to return to the Commission to serve as Director of the Office of External Relations, where he also handled Retail Market Development and Supplier Diversity matters. Among his multiple responsibilities, Commissioner Linton led the multi-year effort to adopt new consumer protections in deregulated markets and enhance notice requirements for meter tampering.
Commissioner Linton holds a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice and a Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies from Rutgers University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law. He is admitted to the Maryland bar and is a resident of Catonsville, Maryland.