The Governor is the head of the Executive Branch, like the chief executive officer of a company. The Governor's role is to implement and enforce Maryland's laws and provide executive direction to the government.
The Executive Branch consists of nineteen cabinet-level departments, independent agencies, executive commissions, and task forces. Many of those pronouncements as to how the law will be implemented and enforced are published bi-weekly in the Maryland Register.
The nineteen cabinet-level departments consist of:
- Agriculture Budget & Management
- General Services
- Health & Mental Hygiene
- Housing & Community Development
- Human Services
- Information Technology
- Juvenile Services
- Natural Resources
- Public Safety & Correctional Services
- State Police
- Veterans Affairs
The Governor is assisted by the Lieutenant Governor, who is elected with the Governor. The duties of the Lieutenant Governor are limited to those assigned by the Governor.
Other statewide executive officers also are provided for in the Constitution. Those Constitutional Officers are: