The Board of Estimates (BOE) on Wednesday approved Administrative Manual Policy 205-8, which removes the requirement for a pre-employment drug and alcohol screening for prospective Baltimore city employees in non-safety-sensitive positions.
The policy change is intended to better align the city’s hiring process with established industry best practices.
This change comes at the request of Mayor Brandon M. Scott, who during his mayoral campaign pledged to remove exclusionary and inequitable barriers that have prevented otherwise highly qualified people from obtaining jobs with the city. This move is also designed to ensure the city can effectively recruit the workforce needed to deliver essential services.
The mayor included the initiative in his State of the City address and recently released action plan, under his priority area to ensure the responsible stewardship of city resources.