Gov. Hogan issues first Executive Order to maintain ethical standards in Executive Branch


ANNAPOLIS — Governor Larry Hogan issued his first executive order following his inauguration as Maryland's 62nd governor. Executive Order 01.01.2015.07 outlines standards of conduct for executive branch employees, effective immediately.

"My first act as Governor holds all those who serve in the Executive Branch of state government to the highest possible ethical standards," Governor Hogan said. "Integrity will be of the utmost importance in the Hogan-Rutherford administration and as such, I expect every person who serves in the Executive Branch to adhere to these standards at all times. This is the right thing to do, and it ensures that good government practices will be in place from the top to the bottom of my administration."

Executive Order 01.01.2015.07, "Standards of Conduct for Executive Branch Employees and Reporting of Misconduct," states:

  • An employee shall not, except as permitted by applicable law or regulation, solicit or accept any gift or other item of monetary value from any person or entity seeking official action from, doing business with, or conducting activities regulated by the employee's agency, or whose interests may be substantially affected by the performance or nonperformance of the employee's duties.
  • Employees shall exhibit exemplary conduct and use honest efforts in the performance of their duties.
  • Employees shall act impartially and not give preferential treatment to any private organization or individual.
  • Employees shall adhere to all applicable laws and regulations that provide equal opportunity for all Marylanders regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation.
  • Employees shall endeavor to avoid any actions creating the appearance of any impropriety or that violate applicable laws, regulations, and ethical standards.
  • Consistent with all applicable substantive and procedural laws, violations of this Executive Order are grounds for employee disciplinary action, including termination from State employment.

"Serving the people of Maryland is a privilege and an honor, and should be treated as such," said Governor Hogan. "Marylanders are looking to us to lead by example and I am confident that each and every person will adhere to these standards without difficulty."

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