Committee subpoenas Hogan’s former chief of staff, Roy McGrath


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WDVM) — The Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee has moved forward with subpoenas for Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s former-chief of staff, Roy McGrath, and “his right hand” Matthew Sherring.

Hogan’s former chief-of-staff, Roy McGrath, resigned in August after The Baltimore Sun reported he accepted a six-figure payout when he left the Maryland Environmental Service, an independent agency, to work in the governor’s office.

“Our bipartisan focus must be on addressing the systemic problems at the Maryland Environmental Service that require substantial legislative changes to its governance structure, oversight, and management,” Hogan said in a news release Wednesday.

The governor also announced he has named retired U.S. District Judge Frederic Smalkin to its board of directors. Smalkin served as chief judge for the U.S. District Court of Maryland.

“Judge Smalkin is a highly respected jurist with a long record of integrity, and I want to thank him for agreeing to serve on the board at this critical time,” Hogan said.

“Viewed on its own, it is disturbing enough that there seemed to be a complete lack of responsibility over spending and executive-level decisions,” said Sen. Clarence Lam, a Democrat who co-chairs the oversight panel. “I’m also worried that it points to a troublesome pattern of personnel problems, particularly when it comes the administration’s political appointees.”ADVERTISEMENT

Lawmakers have said McGrath has declined requests to appear before the committee to answer questions. Bruce Marcus, McGrath’s attorney, wrote in an email Wednesday they will review the subpoena when it’s received.

“Mr. McGrath is willing and available to address appropriate questions and to the extent possible, present a full account of relevant events,” Marcus wrote in an email.

Lawmakers say they need more information.

AP also contributed to this report.


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