CAPE CARTERET | An area police chief has been placed on leave with few details released by the town on the late Friday action.

The Town of Cape Carteret issued a news release Friday after 5 p.m. indicating that Police Chief Anthony Rivera was placed on paid administrative leave effective immediately.

The release indicated that an internal investigation of the Cape Carteret Police Department is currently underway but gave no other details.

Rivera has been the town’s police chief since 2013 and a member of the department since 1999.

Requests for information were referred to the town clerk, however, Town Hall closed at 5 p.m. and the town clerk and town officials were not immediately available. Neither Mayor Dave Fowler nor Rivera could be reached for comment.

The Friday announcement comes after town Board of Commissioners met in closed session at the end of Monday night’s meeting to discuss a personnel matter. The board took no action after the closed session.

Also at Monday night’s meeting, the board voted 3-2 to approve a change in the town charter to adopt the council-manager form of government. With the change, the town administrator transitions to town manager. A town manager has the statutory authority to hire and fire personnel.

 

Reporter Jannette Pippin can be reached at Jannette.Pippin@jdnews.com or 910-382-2557.