BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont sheriff's chief deputy who lost against his boss and incumbent for the Democratic primary for Chittenden County sheriff has resigned.

Michael Major says he resigned Tuesday after speaking with Chittenden County Sheriff Kevin McLaughlin and a police department lawyer.

McLaughlin won the Democratic nomination Aug. 14 with close to 10,400 votes. Major had about 5,200 votes.

Major, a 34-year employee, said on his campaign Facebook page he thought he would work at the department until his death. He says he hasn't given up, and "there is always tomorrow to fight for."

Major says he has started to look for other jobs in law enforcement.

McLaughlin confirmed Major's resignation Wednesday, but he has declined to comment further.