Town of Duck Hires New Police Chief

Duck, NC –Christopher Layton, Town Manager, is pleased to announce the appointment of John R. Cueto as the Town’s new Chief of Police. Cueto is an accomplished and decorated law enforcement officer who brings over 27 years of experience to the department. He is expected to begin his service in early August.

Cueto comes to Duck from the Bridgeport, Connecticut, Police Department where he currently holds the rank of Lieutenant and Aide to the Chief. Cueto’s extensive experience with different aspects of law enforcement, trainings and community relations will provide Duck with a seasoned leader who is interested in developing working partnerships with agencies throughout Dare County and beyond.

“After an extensive search and hours spent interviewing many exceptional candidates for the Duck Police Chief position, John Cueto stood out for his extensive knowledge, understanding of the vision for the Town and his desire to serve as a leader in the community,” said Layton.

Cueto’s tenure with Bridgeport began in 1987 and since that time he has served in a wide range of Special Units and Divisions. With Bridgeport, Cueto has been responsible most recently for preparing a $43 million budget, administering grants, managing acquisitions, serving as the liaison to the Chief concerning public access and special events and presenting before the City Common Council. Cueto has supervised up to 30 officers in various training scenarios and frequent high stress operations as a function of the Emergency Services Unit. Cueto has also managed the acquisition of a new building to house Bridgeport’s special divisions and all associated equipment. Additionally, Cueto was instrumental in the design and formation of the department’s first Emergency Services Unit, and he has worked as the supervising sergeant of the mounted unit and as a patrolman in the Connecticut Fugitive Task Force, the K-9 Unit and the Patrol Division.

“I view this position as the culmination of my career, and I am eager to bring my skills, knowledge, training and experience to the Duck Police Department,” said Cueto.

Cueto graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance in 1987 from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, followed by graduation from the Bridgeport, Connecticut, Police Academy in 1988. Later he earned a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Criminal Justice graduating with summa cum laude honors in 2015, also from Sacred Heart University. Leading up to his masters, Cueto took courses at the University of Virginia, Quantico that were applied to his M.A. in Criminal Justice. In addition to his degrees, Cueto has participated in specialized trainings including: the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) at Boston University, the Senior Management Institute for Police Session 46, Survival Training, FBI Academy, K-9 Training, Basic Patrol Dog, Mounted Patrol Training, Certified Mounted Patrol, Cost Management Budget Performance Innovation, the United States Shooting Academy (USSA) SWAT Training, the National Training Officers Association (NTOA) SWAT Commander Training, Blackwater Certified Armorer’s Training, the Senior Management Institute for Police, U.S. Secret Service Point of Contact (POC) Training, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Critical Incident Management Training, FBI National Academy Session #246, and ASIS International NYC Security Summit. Cueto is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), has served as the county representative for the Connecticut Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA), and as the U.S. Secret Service POC for Presidential visits.

The Town of Duck received over 140 applications for the position which was posted in mid-January, 2015. The Town values Duck’s safe community and looks forward to the new leadership, knowledge and experience Chief Cueto will bring to the Duck Police Department as they strive to provide exceptional law enforcement service and support to residents, visitors and neighboring agencies.

To learn more about the Town of Duck Police Department, click here or call (252) 261-1112.