Police Officers

Chief of Police Jeff Ackerman

Chief  Jeff Ackerman moved to the Outer Banks from the Washington, DC area. He began his law enforcement career in 1998, serving with the Nags Head Police Department and the Dare County Sheriff’s Office.  In 2003, Chief Ackerman joined the Town of Duck Police Department as a patrol officer.  In the years that followed, he was promoted through the ranks to Lieutenant, where he served as assistant to the Chief of Police and supervised day-to-day departmental operations. In July of 2020, Chief Ackerman was promoted to Chief of Police.

Chief Ackerman holds an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate and is a certified General Instructor with a specialization in hazardous materials and explosives.  “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.”

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Lieutenant Melissa Clark

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

Lieutenant 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.

Lieutenant Clark comes to Duck with over 2,100 hours of Law Enforcement Training. She joined the department in December 2010. Lieutenant 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 enjoy serving here.”

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Sergeant Jason Garrett

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

In November 2008, Sergeant Garrett began working with the Town of Duck Police Department. His goal is to serve the community while growing both professionally and personally.

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Sergeant Joe Knight

Sergeant 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. Sergeant 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, Sergeant Knight attended Purdue University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Society with a minor in Psychology.

Sergeant 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!”

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Police Officer John Gilreath

Officer John Gilreath graduated from Tarheel Challenge Academy at the age of 17 and soon enlisted in the Army. After completing his service in the military, he graduated Basic Law Enforcement Training.  He comes to the Town of Duck with over 12 years of law enforcement experience and a wealth of training.  He holds both a Traffic Reconstruction Certificate and an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate.

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Police Officer Timothy Armstrong

Officer Timothy Armstrong became a police officer with the Winterville Police Department in 2008. Having served four years with Winterville, he became employed by Nags Head Police Department in 2012. Officer Armstrong comes to the Town of Duck Police Department with nearly 10 years of experience. He has earned an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Pitt College, and is currently about to meet all the requirements for his Advanced Certificate.

Officer Armstrong is a well-rounded Officer, and much of his training and experience is in special units and divisions. He has served with the DARE County SWAT Task Force for 4 years and is responsible for serving many high-risk warrants and other special tasks. Officer Armstrong is a true asset to the Town of Duck Police Department and he has an expressed gratitude for this opportunity.

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Police Officer Justin Naquin

Justin Naquin became a police officer with the Greensboro Police Department in January 2008.  During his career he became a General Instructor and ultimately a SCAT Instructor and Rabid Deployment (Active Shooter) Instructor.  Justin has taught most of the current police force in Greensboro in both disciplines.

Like most, Justin started his career in patrol, and eventually moved to the Downtown Response Team. In this Proactive Unit he generated his own work load and accumulated a substantial number of priority one offense arrests. Following this he was promoted to Detective on the Department’s newly formed Street Crimes Unit. There he was tasked with charging the city’s known violent offenders with many weapons charges.

In July of 2017 Justin left the Greensboro Police Department and brought his experience and training to the Outer Banks starting with the Nags Head PD. One year later, Justin comes to what he hopes will be his permanent home, the Town of Duck Police Department.

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Police Officer Jeremy Davis

Officer Jeremy Davis comes to the Town of Duck Police Department with over 3 years of law enforcement experience from the Henrico County Police Department in Virginia.  Davis served five years active duty in the United States Marine Corps as a helicopter crew chief and mechanic. After being honorably discharged, he attended Old Dominion University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, graduating with the highest of honors. Officer Davis looks forward to a career with the Town of Duck Police Department and becoming a member of the community.

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Police Officer Kyle Kuhar

Officer Kyle Kuhar comes to the Town of Duck Police Department with over six years of full-time law enforcement experience. Kuhar began his career in New Jersey with the Cape May Police Department as a seasonal officer in 2012. Later, he joined the Galloway Township Police Department in 2013 and was shortly thereafter promoted to a full-time police officer position. During his tenure with Galloway Township, he spent his time assigned to the patrol division. Officer Kuhar is a graduate of Atlantic Cape Community College and earned an Associate’s in Science of Criminal Justice.

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Police Officer Mitchell Ardinger

Officer Mitchell Ardinger comes to the Town of Duck Police Department with over 3 years of law enforcement experience from the Prince William County Police Department in Virginia. During that time, Officer Ardinger was assigned patrol in the Woodbridge area and was a member of the part-time bike team. Officer Ardinger attended Randolph-Macon College in Virginia where he played four years of college football and graduated with a sociology degree. Officer Ardinger looks forward to serving this great community.

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Police Offier Nathan Mauffray

Officer Nathan Mauffray was raised in Columbia, NC. After receiving his BLET certification at Beaufort County Community College in 2010, he began his law enforcement career in his hometown of Columbia as a Sheriff’s Deputy. Officer Mauffray then gained experience in Washington and Dare Counties as a Sheriff’s Deputy. He joined the Duck Police Department in 2021 bringing nearly 11 years of experience with varied aspects of the job. Officer Mauffray feels at home in Duck and enjoys the positive atmosphere in the community. He looks forward to serving the great citizens of Duck and getting to know the community.

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