Employees of the executive civil service permanently residing in the following incorporated municipalities adjacent to the District of Columbia will not be prohibited from becoming candidates for or holding municipal office in such corporations:

In Maryland—Takoma Park, Kensington, Garrett Park, Chevy Chase, Glen Echo, Hyattsville, Mount Rainier.
In Virginia—Falls Church, Vienna, Herndon.

In the exercise of the privilege granted by this order, officers and employees must not neglect their official duties and must not engage in national, state, or county political activity in violation of the civil-service rules, and if there is such violation the head of the department or independent office in which the person is employed shall inflict such punishment as the Civil Service Commission shall recommend.

This order, which is recommended by the Civil Service Commission, is based upon the facts that a considerable number of the residents and taxpayers of the towns mentioned are employed in the Government service, that service as municipal officers in such towns should in no way involve general partisan political activity, and that the principle of home rule and local self-government justifies such participation.

Signature of William Howard Taft
Wm. H. Taft.

The White House,

February 14, 1912.

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