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 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 consists of:
- Budget & Management
- General Services
- Health & Mental Hygiene
- Housing & Community Development
- Human Resources
- Information Technology
- Juvenile Services
- Labor, Licensing, & Regulation
- Natural Resources
- Public Safety & Correctional Services
- State Police
- Veterans Affairs
The Governor is assisted by the Lieutenant Governor, who is elected with the Governor. 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:
Another Executive Branch agency composed of the Governor, the Comptroller of Maryland, and the State Treasurer is the Board of Public Works.