Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) on Friday named Douglas R. M. Nazarian, current chairman of the state’s Public Service Commission, to a seat on the Court of Special Appeals, the state’s intermediate appellate court.

W. Kevin Hughes will take over for Nazarian as chairman of the PSC, a body that regulates the state’s utilities, O’Malley announced. Hughes, a former legislative aide to O’Malley, has been a member of the commission since last year.

“As leader of the Public Service Commission, Chairman Nazarian has demonstrated his ability to handle complex issues in a fair and thorough way,” O’Malley said in a statement. “I am confident that he has the intellect and organizational skills necessary to meet the needs of the Court of Special Appeals and to render well-reasoned decisions.”

Prior to his appointment as chairman of the PSC, Nazarian, a Baltimore County resident, served as the commission’s general counsel. He previously worked as a lawyer in private practice and has taught at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

Prior to his appointment on the PSC, Hughes served as a deputy legislative officer to O’Malley, a position that involves lobbying for the governor’s agenda in the General Assembly. Hughes held a similar position under former governor Parris N. Glendening (D).