Michael Major, a Chittenden County sheriff's deputy who challenged his boss for the department's top job, has resigned.
Major came in second to Sheriff Kevin McLaughlin in last week's Democratic primary. On Tuesday, Major filed his resignation paperwork.
"The atmosphere was a little dry in the office," Major said. "I'm sure some people are either upset or disappointed, but I just felt it was the right thing to do. I don't think my relationship with the boss would be the same, obviously."
About half of the voters on primary day chose McLaughlin, Chittenden County's longest-serving sheriff. Major got votes from one in four voters. The rest didn't choose a sheriff's candidate.
Major had worked at the department for 34 years but things changed as soon as his campaign got underway in May, he said. In early July, McLaughlin demoted Major from second-in-command to deputy, a demotion the sheriff described as temporary.