Maryland lawmakers will not hear Thursday from Gov. Larry Hogan’s former chief of staff, Roy McGrath, as they had hoped.
However, lawyers for the General Assembly and McGrath are still negotiating the timing and logistics of his testimony, Jake Weissmann, chief of staff to Senate President Bill Ferguson, said Wednesday.
The lawyers also are discussing which documents McGrath will provide to the Joint Committee on Fair Practices and State Personnel Oversight. The Oct. 15 subpoena called for McGrath to turn over a raft of documents by last week detailing the payout, McGrath’s communications with the governor and his staff, his communications with the environmental service’s board of directors and more.
No documents have been provided yet, Weissmann said.
McGrath’s attorney, Bruce Marcus, confirmed that he has had conversations with the General Assembly’s independent counsel, Ward B. Coe. He said they are “working out dates,” but declined to provide details.
“There is a subpoena. There will be a response to the subpoena,” Marcus said.
The Sun later reported that MES reimbursed McGrath more than $55,000 for extensive travel, meals and training courses after he left the independent state agency.
Lawmakers have questioned the propriety of the payments and travel, given that the Maryland Environmental Service gets 95% of its funding from local and state government agencies.
The committee also subpoenaed Matthew Sherring, a former environmental service employee who worked under McGrath and often traveled with him. The agency reimbursed Sherring $14,475 after he paid for McGrath to attend an online training course through Harvard University.
Coe also is negotiating with Sherring regarding his appearance before the committee and documents it has requested from him.
Sherring could not be reached for comment.