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Maryland lawmakers resume probe into ex-Hogan official’s six-figure severance

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A former chief of staff to Gov. Larry Hogan hired a friend to oversee his spending at a previous state job and spent lavishly on the agency’s dime, according to testimony lawmakers heard Thursday.

The ex-chief-of-staff, Roy McGrath, ultimately left his job at the Maryland Environmental Service with a six-figure severance payment before moving on to the governor’s office last year.

McGrath resigned in August, after less than three months on the job, after the Baltimore Sun revealed the severance payment.

The Maryland State House sits at 100 State Cir., in Annapolis, Maryland, on Jan. 20, 2021.

Outraged by the expensive arrangement, Maryland lawmakers began investigating the payout and McGrath’s on-the-job spending. Thursday’s hearing was the first in several months after a joint oversight committee paused its probe during the busy legislative session.

The evidence showed that McGrath managed to get thousands of dollars in spending approved even though it appeared to have little connection to MES.

Michael Harris, who testified Thursday  that he reviewed McGrath’s spending as the MES finance chief, said he did not feel he had the authority to question expenses that seemed out of the ordinary, including receipts from Disney parks in Florida.

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service