Gov. Larry Hogan signs executive order in 2018 for Office of Education Accountability
Gov. Larry Hogan announced on Monday the appointment of Richard P. Henry as Maryland’s first Inspector General (IG) for Education.
“For five years, our administration has been working hard to root out corruption, wrongdoing, and the mismanagement of state tax dollars by local school systems,” Hogan said.
“With the appointment of the first Inspector General for Education in state history, we are reaffirming our commitment to providing more accountability for parents, teachers, and taxpayers and better results for our children. Richard Henry has the experience and the passion to serve as a tough but fair watchdog in this new role,” he said.
Hogan, a Republican, first pushed for the IG position in Sept 2018 in response to a wave of scandals occurring at various school districts across the state at the time, including those in Baltimore City and Baltimore, Washington, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.
At the time he first announced the position, Hogan said that the IG would be charged with “investigating complaints of unethical behavior, unprofessional, improper or illegal conduct in our schools.”
He said that the IG will be able to make inquiries, obtain information via subpoena and hold hearings “in order to get to the truth.”
Henry has over 30 years of law enforcement experience at the federal level and currently serves as executive director of the Maryland State Department of Education’s Office of Compliance and Monitoring, leading a statewide program which ensures that local school systems are compliant with state regulations.
From 1992-2018, Henry served in several capacities for the United States Marshals Service, including chief inspector for the Information Technology Division, chief inspector for the Human Resources Division, senior inspector for the Judicial Security Division, senior inspector for the Financial Fraud/Asset Forfeiture Division, and supervisory deputy for Prisoner and Investigative Operations.
Henry is a recipient of the Bronze Star for Bravery presented by the Howard County Police Department, the Organized Crimes Drug Enforcement Task Force Director’s Award for Investigative Excellence, and the United States Attorney’s Pete Twardowicz Award for Investigative Excellence.
Henry’s appointment is effective March 4, 2020.