Internal investigation underway, police chief placed on leave, in Cape Carteret

CAPE CARTERET, N.C. (WNCT) – Cape Carteret town officials confirmed to WNCT that Police Chief Anthony Rivera has been placed on paid administrative leave effective immediately.

In a Friday press release, the town said an internal investigation is currently underway into the police department.

A town commissioner told 9 On Your Side that the commissioning board requested his resignation, saying they lacked confidence in his leadership.

The commissioner did not discuss details of why Rivera is being asked to resign or the reason for the internal investigation of the police department.

The chief has an exempt position and serves at the pleasure of the board at will, according to the commissioner.

The commissioner told 9 On Your Side that the board can dismiss Rivera, but they wanted to give him the opportunity to resign first.

The commissioner said they typically give a 48-hour notice if they are to release him of his duties.

9 On Your Side reached out to Rivera, the mayor and town manager, but none of them were available for immediate comment.

Rivera has been with the Cape Carteret Police Department since 1999.

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