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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

  • How do I apply?
    • To apply for an appointment or reappointment, use our online application here. If you are applying for a board or commission, please be sure to click “Next” at the bottom of each page in order to complete all 3 parts of the application.


  • How do I know if you received my application?
    • Once your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive an email, please contact our office at


  • Will I be interviewed?
    • Your application will be selected for further consideration based on your interests and our needs. Our office will contact you directly to schedule an interview, if needed or required for that specific board/job.


  • How will I know if I am selected for an appointment?
    • Individuals selected for an appointment will be contacted directly by the Governor’s Appointments Office. Individuals not selected for an appointment for the specific board(s) for which they applied will still be considered for service for future appointments. 


  • Can I apply for both a political appointed job and a seat on a board or commission?
    • Absolutely! Simply indicate whether you would like to apply for an appointed job, a board or commission, or both on the online application. You can do this by selecting the boards/commissions you are interested in as well as the departments you are interested in being appointed to in the “State Agencies/Commissions” section of the application.


  • Unfortunately, I can no longer serve, how can I resign as a member?
    • Please send a letter or email noting your resignation to both (1) your contact point for that board/commission and (2) the Secretary of Appointments, using either the address at the bottom of this page or our email


  • I am interested in a career with the State of Maryland, rather than being appointed to a position within the Hogan Administration. Where can I apply?
  • What if I want to submit a scheduling request for the Governor or Lt. Governor?
  • How can I contact the Governor or Lt. Governor?
  •  Where can I find more information about a particular board? 
  • How do I know whether I need to complete and submit an exemption disclosure form?
    • Anyone applying for a board or commission should submit the appointee exemption disclosure form. Please review the exemptions document from the State Ethics Commission, for more information.


  • Are board members compensated? 
    • Some boards offer monetary compensation to their members. Others offer stipends for travel expenses. There are, however, a number of posts which are considered volunteer appointments and include no compensation. 


  • What are the requirements for serving?
    • Different boards and commissions have their own unique requirements for applicants. However, all candidates should generally be residents of Maryland and registered to vote in the State.
    • Please visit the Board Summary Report to review the specific requirements for different boards and commissions.


Application Specific Questions

  • I am an attorney, and I would like to include my law license(s) in the “Professional Licenses” disclosure within the “Background Highlights” section of the application. How should I include this information in my application?
    • For attorneys, your Client Protection Fund number for Maryland and your license numbers for any other state are not considered a professional license for purposes of this section of the application. Please make sure that your resume reflects your active bar licenses.


  • How long can I stay and work on the application page?
    • Please be aware that the application page will time out within twenty (20) minutes. To save time, prepare the most recent copy of your resume or curriculum vitae, before opening the application form as well as the names, emails, and phone numbers for three references.


  • How should I disclose my social media accounts?
    • As per the instructions on the application, please include links to your social media accounts. Do not simply write the name of the social media platform or the name of your account. 


  • If I am applying to a board or commission, what should I mark as my minimum salary requirement? 
    • Please mark your minimum salary requirement as one dollar ($1).