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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.”

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39 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Leland’s top cop recommended for termination"

brotherofthe Badge
2015 years 9 months ago

Lelands first Police Chief was fired back in the early 90’s after he was charged by the S.B.I. looks like things haven’t changed that much. Mr. Farris should have retired 10 years ago…as far as the P.D. goes, they need to clean house of everyone who turned and looked away during the Lewis incident and be glad that she did’t sue them for 5 times as much. I know this department and know that she was harrassed for the last 7 years. Good luck people of Leland!

2015 years 9 months ago

Oh please. You should be ashamed that you even take up for such corruption. I see it from the inside. TRUST ME THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS THAT NEED TO COME OUT. The finance manager and her husband plus her daughter who is HR need to all be fired, then the town manager, and chief Jayne. Then we will start to be rid of the “good ole boys” .

In the know
2015 years 9 months ago

Obviously you don’t know what you are talking about. There is more than one source for this story. If you think Jayne is so wonderful and has make things better over there you are just as much an idiot as he is and you are the one who should be embarrassed and ashamed.

Boom Boom
2015 years 9 months ago

he sure used alot of gas doing it.

2015 years 9 months ago

Chief Jayne is just as much a corrupt cop as the former Sheriff in Brunswick County. Jayne can sit there and deny it all he wants but where there’s smoke theirs fire and more and more information keeps coming out. When your only answer is to try and hide from the public and spout off check the facts.. Well sir we have checked the facts and many of us in Leland dont like the facts which are you bullied the Town Manager into keeping your job the former asst town manager was forced to quit as a result of them digging up the stinky skeletons in the ground you tried to bury. 1/2 your cops are racits and abusive bullies at minimum. Youve misused town property (there was absolutely no reason for the chief to have his car in Horry County SC, additionally these gas expenses would only make sense if the chief was out on patrol alot like alot of patrol officers but somehow I doubt it. Sounds more like hes been using his car for personal trips (ie Myrtle Beach). What blows me away is somehow Standards and Training didnt scrutinize things properly when there were known accusations of possible fraudulent training records and nothing was questioned (Sounds like typical crappy oversight from the State Agencies once again, most state agencies doing oversite seem to never do a proper and through job explains how things like the fiasco involving the repeated violations of that asst living home which lead to a death were allowed to stay open (In case ya’ll forgot it involved the Kornegays facilites over near MJ and another).


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