ROCKVILLE – Maryland state attorney for Montgomery County John McCarthy has been diagnosed with cancer.
McCarthy’s cancer is located in his neck, he said.
The 64-year-old, fourth-term prosecutor said he plans to meet with his team of doctors from Johns Hopkins later this month to discuss treatment options.
According to the news release, McCarthy will likely take a brief leave of absence after his anticipated surgery.
McCarthy said he anticipates he will be fully recovered by the end of this summer and his office will be able to manage operations while he is gone.
“The people of Montgomery County should rest assured that Deputy State’s Attorneys Laura Chase and Peter Feeney, prosecutors and staff are fully prepared to diligently continue the difficult and important work of keeping our community safe,” said McCarthy.
McCarthy won election to become State’s Attorney for Montgomery County in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010 and 2014.
Before becoming state attorney, McCarthy served as the deputy state’s attorney in Montgomery County for 10 years. McCarthy previously taught at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School.
McCarthy is married with four children and four grandchildren. He won a Montgomery County Sentinel “Excellence in Government” award in 2015.
McCarthy is not the only elected official in Maryland to battle a cancer diagnosis in the last year.
Last June, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lymphoma. After undergoing chemotherapy, the governor reported he was “100 percent cancer free” in November.