Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy was diagnosed with cancer and is expected to take medical leave, a spokesman for the office said Wednesday.
McCarthy was recently diagnosed with cancer of the neck and is being treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is expected to have surgery, take a brief medical leave and be recovered by summer, the spokesman said.
Deputy state's attorneys will fill in for McCarthy in his absence.
“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,” McCarthy said in a statement.
McCarthy has served as state's attorney since 2006. He previously was a deputy state's attorney for 10 years.
Well-wishes to McCarthy can be sent to the Office of the State's Attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland, 50 Maryland Ave. 5th Floor, Rockville, Maryland 20850.