On her first full day in office, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed her first Executive Directive. Aimed at state department employees, the directive’s goal is to ensure any imminent threat to public health, safety, or welfare is immediately reported, assessed, and investigated by department employees, department directors, and agency heads. “Governor Whitmer is fulfilling a campaign promise to hit the ground running. By choosing this issue as her first directive, she is sending a message to the thousands of state employees that the health and wellbeing of Michigan citizens is a top priority in her administration,” stated Brendan Ringlever of MLC.
Under the directive, department employees who become aware of an imminent threat to the public health, safety, or welfare must immediately report it to their department director or agency head. If department directors or agency heads determine there is an imminent threat, they must eliminate or mitigate it if they have the resources to do so. If they don’t, they must notify the governor’s chief compliance officer and request assistance. If a department director or agency head determines that there is no threat to public health, safety, or welfare, they must report the reasons for that determination to the governor’s chief compliance officer. Furthermore, if a department director or agency head believes the threat is not being addressed adequately, they must share their concerns directly with the governor.
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