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Former Hogan Cabinet Secretary Had State Employees Help With Course Work, Records Show

August 26th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

A member of Gov. Larry Hogan's cabinet who abruptly left her job last month had assigned state employees to help prepare course work for her master's degree studies, state records show.

In announcing the resignation of C. Gail Bassette, secretary of the Department of General Services, the governor's office said Bassette left to take a senior executive position in the private sector.

Documents obtained by The Baltimore Sun through a Maryland Public Information Act request show that in the months before her departure, department employees conducted interviews and provided information that went toward Bassette's course work. The records request produced 75 pages of documents, including course work performed for Bassette and emails discussing the work.

Maryland law tightly restricts what officials can reveal about personnel decisions, even those involving positions as high as cabinet secretary. When asked whether the administration had requested Bassette's resignation, Hogan spokesman Douglass Mayer said the law did not permit him to answer.

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