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Hancock police chief also is deacon in training

February 09, 2006

HANCOCK - After June 10, Steve McCarty will be the Rev./Police Chief Steve McCarty - a combination of careers few can claim.

McCarty, 46, currently is the police chief of Hancock and will continue his duties while he undertakes the first parish assignment of his ordained ministry at The Church of the Transfiguration, an Episcopal church in Braddock Heights, Md.

"I'm very pleased," McCarty said. "It's close and in a part of Frederick County that is growing and unique."

With a home address in Hagerstown, the police chief job in Hancock and the deacon-in-training assignment in Braddock Heights, McCarty said he will be quite busy in the coming months.

"While ministry and police work go hand in hand, the people in Frederick County will see me mainly as a clergyman, so I can separate the two careers," he said.

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McCarty and two others will be ordained to the sacred order of deacons June 10 at The Church of the Redeemer in Baltimore. Members of McCarty's home congregation, St. Thomas' Episcopal Church in Hancock, have chartered a bus for the occasion and also are planning a big celebration at the church on June 11.

McCarty's assignment in Braddock Heights is effective in September, so he expects to spend most of the summer with his church in Hancock.

"I am planning to make a mission trip into southern Virginia with members of the Braddock Heights congregation during the summer," McCarty said.

For now, McCarty said he is comfortable with the combination of jobs he's holding. But he acknowledges that sometime in the future, he expects to make a choice.

"I plan to live into my calling," McCarty said. "My sanctuary is my calling."

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