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Director, Office of Government Affairs

Recruitment #22-005222-0004


This is a Skilled Service position designated as a Special Appointment position which serves "At the Will" of the Superintendent of the Maryland State Police.


It is important that all experience be fully documented. Failure to ANSWER ALL SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS SPECIFICALLY AND ACCURATELY may cause the candidate to be rejected.



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 Failure to comply with these instructions may result in disqualification.

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Maryland State Police

Office of the Superintendent

Office of Government Affairs

1201 Reisterstown Road

Pikesville, MD 21208

Main Purpose of Job

The position serves as the Director, Office of Government Affairs and is responsible for managing the Department's legislative process including the preparation and submission of the Department's legislative package. The position serves as the liaison to all elected officials - local, state and federal and works in coordination with the Governor's Office to further the department's mission and accomplish its stated goals and objectives.

The position manages, develops, proposes and monitors all legislation and legislative assignments for the Department. It coordinates all legislative correspondence, public testimony, and dissemination of legislative information. The position is responsible for attending legislative sessions, committee hearings, processing information regarding pending legislation and analyzing its effect on public safety generally and the DSP specifically.

The position serves as the DSP Federal Relations Officer and coordinates all correspondence, positions, and testimony relating to federal legislation with the Governor's Federal Relations Office. The position represents the department before the Maryland General Assembly both during the annual legislative session and throughout the year.


Legislative Responsibilities (State and Federal)

Coordinates with legislative leaders and the Governor's Office on confirmation proceedings.

Maintain a full-time presence in Annapolis during the legislative session.

Review internal suggestions for new legislation initiatives and make recommendations to the Secretary regarding the merits of each.

Draft legislative proposals, justification, explanation and history of each proposal for submission to the Governor's Office.

Coordinate the submission of the proposed legislation package through the Governor's Office to the General Assembly.

Prepare the Secretary, Bureau Chiefs, Directors, and agency heads for attendance at legislative briefings throughout the year. To include drafting testimony, reports and analysis for the Department's participation.

Direct legislative responses and manage legislative office.

Coordinate DSP Executive staff appearances before committee hearings during session and for any hearings during the year.

Monitor the progress of legislation (hearing, voting sessions, floor discussions, conference committees, etc), as well as the capital and operating budgets. Prepare amendments to legislation as necessary to benefit the department and public safety entities.

Testify as the Secretary's representative, on various bills before legislative committees.

Develop plans of action and implement strategies for the successful passage of Departmental legislative proposals.

Staff Operations:

Notify Secretary, bureau chiefs, directors, and agency heads of reports required to be submitted to the General Assembly as required by law and the budget committees through the Joint Chairman's Report. Update report requirements annually by July 1.

Review and approve reports written by commanders and directors submitted as required by law and the Joint Chairman's Report.

Supervise DSP legislative advisory staff assigned to the Government Affairs Unit during the session.

Develop policy and procedures for the DSP government affairs program.

Perform other administrative duties as directed by the Secretary.


Education: applicants must possess a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Public Administration, Political Science, Public Policy, in law, or a related field.

Experience: Three (3) years of professional administrative experience in Government Relations, including but not limited to regulatory experience as a legislative analyst or lobbyist in government or the private sector; or an equivalent combination of training and experience related to the duties of this position.

Note: Candidates may substitute additional years of experience for the required education on a year-for-year basis.


Possess experience drafting/writing legislation, policy, speeches, testimony, etc.


Knowledge of the principles, theories and practices of the legislative processes and a sophisticated understanding of public policy;

Knowledge of state and local government policymaking and legislative processes.

The capacity to manage several different workstreams at one time, advance policies/programs and coordinate the involvement of all relevant stakeholders.

Skill in negotiating agreements which accommodate conflicting interests and viewpoints of numerous groups and organizations

Knowledge of Maryland's Code, regulation, state and legislative reporting requirements, and political processes.


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


1. Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulations 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.

2. In accordance with Section 2-204 (b) (6) of the Public Safety Article, candidates for positions in this classification will be subject to an initial drug screening, a physical examination and a complete criminal background investigation, to include a polygraph examination, before permanent appointment can be made. A criminal conviction may be grounds for rejection of the candidate.


The selection process for this recruitment will involve a review of each application. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on an eligible list in the BEST QUALIFIED, BETTER QUALIFIED or QUALIFIED category and remain eligible for consideration for at least one year from the date of examination. The list will be used by the hiring manager to select the individual to fill the vacancy.


The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training and experience related to the requirements of the position. You may be required to complete a qualifications supplement, or the rating may be based on your application. Report all experience and education that is related to this position. Applicants may be given a physical examination and will be subject to an interview, background investigation, polygraph examination and substance abuse testing.



NOTE: Currently, applicants are limited to uploading one file. As a result, it is strongly urged that those applying upload ALL required and additional documents (undergraduate and graduate transcripts, resumes, etc.) as one file. If you are unable to apply online, you may submit an application via mail. The Maryland State Application Form can be found online.

Completed applications, required documentation and any required addendums may be mailed to:

Maryland State Police

Human Resources Division

1201 Reisterstown Road

Pikesville, MD 21208

ATTN: William Boniarski

It is the policy of the Maryland State Police to comply with all applicable federal and state laws prohibiting employment discrimination and to provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, gender, identity and expression, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, national origin, race, religious affiliation, belief or opinion, sex, sexual orientation or any other protected status.

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