HANCOCK - After less than a year as Hancock's police chief, Steven L. McCarty is leaving the position next month.
Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said Thursday that McCarty is focusing on becoming an Episcopal deacon.
"He has been studying for that," Murphy said.
McCarty - who was named police chief in June 2005 - has resigned effective May 12, Murphy said.
However, McCarty is not leaving police work. He is scheduled to join the Washington County Sheriff's Department as a deputy within a few days after leaving his Hancock job, Sheriff Charles F. Mades said.
Mades said Thursday night that the sheriff's department is doing a background check, which is standard procedure for new employees.
McCarty did not return a message left on his cell phone Thursday. Murphy said McCarty was out of town.
Although McCarty retired from the Maryland State Police with 22 years of experience, he will join the sheriff's department as an entry-level deputy.