LELAND, NC (WWAY) — We are still uncovering more details of alleged corruption within the Leland Police Department. We’ve told you all week about issues with the department and Police Chief Tim Jayne. We’ve learned today that Jayne has had officers do work on his home and around his neighborhood for other homeowners.
Yet another source close to the situation says he and other officers worked for Chief Jayne and his neighbors while on the clock for the Leland Police Department. You’ll remember that three years ago, former Brunswick County Sheriff Ron Hewett was indicted on an embezzlement charge that included having deputies do work on his home.
These latest allegations along with sources telling us Jayne took his police cruiser to Myrtle Beach last year for a bachelor party are two instances of the chief allegedly utilizing town resources for his own gain.
We’ve also uncovered a document dated May 26 that shows Chief Jayne using as much gas in his town-owned car as Lt. William Kozaz, who’s often out of the office and in the field. The document shows that during 15-month period, Lt. Kozak bought 403 gallons of gas. Chief Jayne used 395 gallons. Deputy Chief Karl Smith used 360 gallons, but lives 45 minutes away from Leland. And Lt. Rick Dellapia, who’s also on the command staff, lives in Leland and works in house like Chief Jayne, only used 243 gallons.
District Attorney Jon David says if witnesses come to him with their allegations of criminal activity he will ask for an investigation. But we’ve been in contact with multiple sources today who say that while they are glad this information is coming to light, they are also afraid for their jobs and in some cases their life if certain information comes out.
We also contacted Jayne and Town Manager Bill Farris about our story today, again asking them to correct us if any information we were running was incorrect. Farris did not respond.
Chief Jayne sent the following statement: “Test the accuracy of information from all sources and exercise care to avoid inadvertent error. Deliberate distortion is never permissible.”
Jayne copied it from the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics.