LELAND, NC (WWAY) — We’ve been telling you since last week about all the issues with the Leland Police Department and specifically Police Chief Tim Jayne. We’ve now learned there was a recommendation that Jayne be fired earlier this year.
According to a source close to the situation, Leland’s then assistant town manager conducted an investigation earlier this year into corruption and policy violations by Jayne. After the investigation, a recommendation was made to Town Manager Bill Farris that Jayne be fired because of the findings.
The source says Farris met with Jayne, and after a heated exchange, Farris overturned the recommendation and let Jayne keep his job.
Tuesday, when we called Farris for comment on a story and told the receptionist who we were, she said the town manager was on vacation until Friday. When we called for comment on this story Wednesday and did not identify ourselves, the call was quickly transferred to Farris in his office.
We asked him about the source’s allegations, and told him that this was his opportunity to tell us point blank if the story was false. He said he could neither confirm or deny the information.
We also reached out to Chief Jayne by phone and e-mail. In both messages, we were very clear with him about the details of our story and the need for him to speak up if the information was not true.
Jayne did return our e-mail. In his message he tried to discredit our source and said we need to “check in the facts.” However, he did not say that the facts of our story were in any incorrect.
Again, we specifically asked both Farris and Jayne to tell us if the allegations were untrue. Neither would answer that question directly.
Leland Mayor Pro Tem Brenda Bozeman released a statement today about the many issues we’ve uncovered. In it she said, “Council is taking appropriate actions under the appropriate laws of the state for town ordinances.”