WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Two Wrightsville Beach police officers have been demoted and another has quit. Town Manager Bob SSimpson made the announcement this morning following weeks of investigations into the officers, who the town initially fired.
The officers appealed, and have been on administrative leave since.
“All three of these officers had strong performance records… up until this particular time,” Simpson said.
Tuesday the town said Sgt. Rob Miller and Cpl. Shaun Appler have been demoted, had their pay cut five percent and put on probation for one year. Ofc. Michael Altilio resigned Tuesday morning.
“In the case of officers Miller and Apler, it was one specific incident. In the case of atilio, it occurred over time,” Simpson said.
The town would not say why the officers were investigated, citing personnel laws. That’s not good enough for some Wrightsville Beach residents.
“We as public citizens are inquiring what they did so we know what exactly they did, but they’re hiding it,” Spencer Roylance said.
Michelle Roylance said, “How can we be certain that our children are safe hanging out with their friends or riding their bikes in their community?”
Simpson says certain department policies may change because of the investigations, but he would not say which ones. He stressed that the town took appropriate action with the officers.
“In layman’s terms, they’re going to suck it up, press on and be professional,” Simpson said.
All three officers investigated have served in the Wrightsville Beach Police Department for more than ten years.