Cape Carteret police chief placed on leave by town

Tony Rivera, Cape Carteret Police Chief (Cape Carteret Police Department photo)

The Town of Cape Carteret issued a press release Friday saying it had placed its police chief on administrative leave, effective immediately.

The press release was issued Friday after 5 p.m. It stated "The town of Cape Carteret has placed Police Chief Anthony Rivera on paid administrative leave effectively immediately. An internal investigation of the Cape Carteret Police Department is under way." No further information was released.

The Daily News in Jacksonville reports it attempted to reach town officials but nobody was available for comment since it was after work hours.

According to Rivera's bio on the Town of Cape Carteret's website, Rivera has been with the Cape Carteret Police Department since 1999. Rivera has been the town's police chief since December 2013, the Daily News reported.

Tuesday, the town board of commissioners asked Rivera to resign, according to a report from the Carteret County News-Times. Rivera told the newspaper Tuesday he was "provided the opportunity to resign before any action. They gave me some time to think it over." The newspaper reported a source said the resignation came late Tuesday afternoon.

A Facebook page was set up on Dec. 11, 2017 called "Support Cape Carteret Police Department." It is "a support page for our small town’s police department. They have chosen to serve and protect." The page also states " This is a page created for the police department not by the police department. Cape Carteret Police Department is not managing this account. There is a Cape Carteret Police Department page that is managed by the town. "

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