LANSING (WJRT) (1/2/2019) - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed her first official act as governor on Wednesday, emphasizing public heath, safety and welfare.
Executive Directive 2019-1 requires all state employees in the executive branch to notify their department director or agency manager immediately of any imminent threat to the public.
Directors and managers are required to investigate all claims, eliminate threats immediately if possible and report results to the chief compliance officer in Whitmer's administration.
“As governor, one of my principal duties is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of all Michigan residents,” said Whitmer. “I am confident that the cabinet I have assembled will put Michiganders first, encourage and empower state employees to speak up if they believe there is a threat to public health and safety, and act promptly on any concerns with my chief compliance officer. This executive directive will ensure that our government works for the people of our state.”
Whitmer's order requires objective and prompt reporting of any potential hazards to limit chances of a skewed investigation or loss of evidence.
Department directors and managers are required to contact Whitmer directly if they believe a potential threat is not being handled adequately or quickly enough. They also must remind employees of Whistleblowers protections offered under state and federal law.