Police Officers

Chief John R. Cueto
Chief of Police John Cueto

Chief John Cueto was appointed as Chief of Police for the Town of Duck in August 2015. Chief Cueto served over 27 years with the Bridgeport, Connecticut, Police Department where he held the rank of Lieutenant and Aide to the Chief.

First Sergeant Jeff Ackerman
First Sergeant Jeff Ackerman

First Sergeant Jeff Ackerman moved to Nags Head, North Carolina from the Washington, DC area in 1990. After graduating from the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program at the College of the Albemarle, he began his law enforcement career with the Nags Head Police Department. In 2000, Jeff transferred to the Dare County Sheriff’s Office under then Sheriff, A.L. “Bert” Austin. There he served in the Patrol and Civil Divisions before being assigned to the D.A.R.E. Program. In addition to serving as the D.A.R.E. Officer for the elementary schools north of Hatteras Island, he served as Program Manager for the Sheriff’s Therapeutic Wilderness Program, Alpine Tower, and Bicycle Safety Program. In this capacity, he wrote and administered grants and fundraising activities to benefit Dare County youth.

In 2003, Jeff joined the Town of Duck Police Department as a patrol officer. In the years that followed, Jeff was promoted through the ranks to First Sergeant. In this capacity, he co-supervises patrol operations, as well as serves as the department’s Training Officer.

First Sergeant Ackerman holds Advanced Law Enforcement Certification, is a certified General Instructor and Emergency Medical Technician, and has completed over 2,000 hours of law enforcement training during his career.

“It is my honor and privilege to work for the Town of Duck, and to be a part of what is, without question, the finest coastal community on the Outer Banks.” Click here to e-mail First Sergeant Ackerman.

Sergeant Melissa Clark, Duck PD
Sergeant Melissa Clark

Sergeant Melissa “Missy” Clark is a native of the Outer Banks. Sergeant Clark attended East Carolina University studying exercise and sport science with an emphasis on cardiac rehabilitation.

Sergeant Clark began her law enforcement career in 2002 with the Kill Devil Hills Police Department. She served in the Patrol Division as a patrol officer before going to the Criminal Investigations Division as a narcotics officer. In 2006, she accepted a position with the Southern Shores Police Department where she continued her work in both patrol and as an investigator.

Sergeant Clark comes to Duck with over 2,100 hours of Law Enforcement Training. She joined the department in December 2010. Sergeant Clark holds a General Instructor Certification with a specialized certification in Subject Control and Arrest Techniques/ Defensive Tactics. She is currently working towards her Tactical Certification which consists of 500 hours of specialized tactical training.

“Through my affiliation as a volunteer firefighter with the Duck Volunteer Fire Department, I have had the opportunity to become familiar with the Town and its citizens. This is a wonderful community, and I look enjoy serving here.” Click here to e-mail Sergeant Clark.

Officer Joe Knight
Master Police Officer Joe Knight

Master Police Officer Joe Knight comes to the Duck Police Department with over 7 years of law enforcement experience. He started his career as a Patrol Deputy with the Dare County Sheriff’s Office and then moved to the Kill Devil Hills Police Department where he worked as a Patrol Officer and spent time as an Investigator. Officer Knight has been awarded the NC Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate. He is also a speed measurement instrument operator, certified IPMBA bike patrol officer, and a field training officer.

Before his law enforcement career, Officer Knight attended Purdue University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Society with a minor in Psychology.

Officer Knight is excited to work for the Town of Duck saying, “I am happy to work for a community that is supportive of its Public Safety. The residents and Town administration have made me feel really welcome!” Click here to e-mail Officer Knight.

Officer Tammy Bybee

Officer Tammy Bybee joined the Town of Duck Police Department as a Patrol Officer in November 2010. Officer Bybee was born and reared in Michigan. She moved to Richmond, Virginia in 1993.

In 1996, Officer Bybee began working with Chesterfield County, Virginia as a communications officer. In 2003, she furthered her career by becoming part of the Federal Reserve Law Enforcement Unit, while maintaining a part-time status with Chesterfield County.

Officer Bybee relocated to the Outer Banks to join the Duck Police Department. Additionally, she is active in many types of volunteer and charitable causes, notably serving on the volunteer advisory board for the Federal Reserve. Click here to e-mail Officer Bybee.

Officer Chuck Edwards
Officer Chuck Edwards

Officer Chuck Edwards comes to the Town of Duck Police Department as a native of Dare County with over five years of sworn law enforcement experience. He began his career in 2009 with the Dare County Sheriff's Office. During this time, he was selected, along with only two other Deputies, for a specialized position on the Dare County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit. While working for the Dare County Sheriff's Office, Officer Edwards had the opportunity for a part-time position as a Police Officer with Vidant Company Police located at the Outer Banks Hospital. He pursued this opportunity and eventually accepted a full-time position with Vidant Company Police, while continuing to work part-time with the Dare County Sheriff's Office.
Office Edwards has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Liberty University and holds the North Carolina Intermediate Law Enforcement Certificate as well as many other law enforcement certificates. He is a driven law enforcement officer and he constantly strives to better himself through education and training. Officer Edwards is proud to serve the Town of Duck. Click here to e-mail Officer Edwards.

Officer Jason Garrett
Officer Jason Garrett

Officer Jason Garrett was raised in Columbia, North Carolina where he volunteered for the local fire department for six years. Officer Garrett then attended Basic Law Enforcement at the College of the Albemarle in 2005. Officer Garrett began his career with the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office where he was assigned to patrol Corolla for three years.

In November 2008, Officer Garrett began working with the Town of Duck Police Department. Jason’s goal is to serve the community while growing both professionally and personally. Click here to e-mail Officer Garrett.

Officer Tara Poulin

Officer Tara Poulin was born in Petersburg, Virginia. and raised in Currituck County, North Carolina. She graduated from Currituck County High School in 2000 and then went to further her education at East Carolina University. In 2004, she graduated with a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice. She then completed Basic Law Enforcement at the College of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City in December 2004.
Tara was then hired as a part-time deputy with the Pasquotank County Sheriff's Department for four months. In July 2005, she decided that the Duck Police Department was where she wanted to start her first full-time career as a Police Officer. Click here to e-mail Officer Poulin.

Officer Jason Rigler

At a very young age, Officer Jason Rigler decided to follow in the family tradition by pursuing a career in law enforcement. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from The Citadel: Military College of South Carolina. After moving to Maple, North Carolina in December 2009 from Taneytown, Maryland, Officer Rigler completed the spring 2010 session of Basic Law Enforcement Training at the College of the Albemarle.

Officer Rigler joined the Duck Police Department in May 2010. He is also enlisted in the Army National Guard Infantry.

“I am very thankful for the opportunity and the responsibility bestowed upon me by the Town of Duck. I look forward to a successful career in law enforcement and contributing to an already excellent police department. I will work hard to forge a solid, positive relationship with the community and everyone I serve.” Click here to e-mail Officer Rigler.