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Town manager, police chief positions filled in Hancock

June 14, 2005|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

After operating in recent months with no police chief and a temporary town manager, the Hancock Town Council has filled both positions.

At a special meeting Monday, the Hancock Town Council appointed Steven L. McCarty as chief of the Hancock Police Department and Daniel D. Smith, who had been a councilman, as the new town manager.

McCarty is a retired Maryland State Police trooper who originally was hired to be a part-time officer in Hancock, Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said.

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"He really has worked out wonderfully as an officer. We really like his philosophy and his work ethic," Murphy said.

Murphy spoke highly about an incident Saturday, in which McCarty arrested a man who allegedly was threatening people in Widmyer Memorial Park with a knife, according to court records.

Court records state McCarty ordered the man to put his hands above his head, but the man reached for the knife and the former trooper struck him with a side kick to the shoulder.

McCarty replaces former chief Donald Gossage, who was dismissed March 23.

Smith replaces Lou Close, a former town manager who was serving on an interim basis following the August 2004 resignation of Larry Logan.

Murphy said Smith was in his seventh year as a councilman.

Murphy said Close's health problems prevented him from being the permanent town manager.

In January 2004, the Hancock Ethics Commission ruled that Logan violated town law when he wrote a letter in 2003 criticizing a town councilman who was running for mayor.

Murphy declined to speak about Gossage and Logan on Monday.

"We're trying to put all that stuff behind us," he said.

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