New Leland Town Manager gets to work


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Submitted: Tue, 11/01/2011 - 3:43pm
Updated: Wed, 11/02/2011 - 2:17am By:

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Today is day one for Leland’s new Town Manager. With the controversy surrounding the town, we wanted to know how David Hollis plans to hit the ground running in his new position.

A life-long Leland resident, Hollis says he’s excited to get to work as he takes over for the retiring Bill Farris.

“Certainly it’s a good opportunity for me, and I think it’s going to be a good working relationship with the town and the council, so I’m excited about it,” Hollis said.

Hollis inherits many issues and allegations within the Town of Leland that have some residents concerned. He says, so far, he is still getting briefed on the situation.

“I know as much as you know. I haven’t had any other discussions other than what I hear on the news,” Hollis said.

Hollis says he hopes to be able to put the community at ease once he gets all the information. He says he thinks he will be able to get the situation under control.

“If people in the town feel like they’re divided, certainly I think that I can bring them together,” Hollis said.

There was some controversy surrounding Hollis’s hiring, though. Town Councilman Herbert Barnes was vocal that he did not approve of the way Hollis was selected.

WWAY has also learned like District Attorney Jon David, Hollis is neighbors with Leland Police Chief Tim Jayne, who is at the center of most of the controversy in the town. Hollis says although he knows David has removed himself from the situation because of his relationship with Jayne, he does not feel that where he lives will play any part on how he handles town business.

“I do live down the street from Tim Jayne and Jon David. I don’t think that will have any bearing on any decision I make,” Hollis said. “Throughout my life I’ve always tried to do the right thing, and I’ll try to do the right thing here.”

Hollis says Farris is still town manager until December when Farris officially steps down and hollis is fully trained and ready to go.

19 Comments

  • Guest 2012 says:

    sweeps clean. I hope he starts with the police department that has thus far been protected by the town council and the mayor.

    Give the new manager a chance. I predict that the town council will not let him do his job but let’s pray that he has the strength to try to straighten them out. I predict that he will be fired before this time next year—-if he does his job!! If he is another puppet for the council, he will lose his credibility.

    I hope he has the integrity to be his own man and do what needs to be done. It won’t be pretty to do what must be done. The town has been neglected too long by the current board and mayor. Holding public office should not be a popularity contest. It involves making tough decisions and many there are to be made.

    I love Leland and welcome the new manager. He has a job ahead of him fighting the council to make Leland a proud town again.

  • RichG says:

    It’s incredible to me how “groups” are lumped together like this.Stereotyping is alive and well in Brunswick County. I am a yankee and am offended by the all too clear “yankee go home” mentality I face and hear on a regular basis. I do not understand it and never will.

  • Leland Gal says:

    Guess what Walmart can leave now. We have local stores in Leland. They might not be as big as Walmart, but we are proud of them. Piggly Wiggly is locally owned. The 2 Dollar Generals are from Tennesse. Harris Teether is from the South too. We have lived a long time without a Walmart and can do so again. It is the Yankees who move here and want to change everything. They claimed to move here because they like here but want to change everything when they get here. And guess what I have schooling and a great job and love living in Leland. We don’t need your Tax dollars. Go home…

  • Guest2020 says:

    It looks as if a yankee/transplant needs a geography lesson. Wal-Mart is based out of Bentonville, Arkansas. The last time I checked, Arkansas is a Southern state. We don’t need your taxes and your spending. If it weren’t for yankees and transplants our real estate prices wouldn’t have gone through the roof. You are welcome to leave and take your fellow yankees with you.

  • Guest20 says:

    Your post explains why you’ll never fit in here. You’ll always be an outsider.

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    You morons are all the same. If you would love to see where the economy goes, THEN LEAVE!!!!! Get in your Prius and hit the road. Don’t come back. We made it fine without you before, and would prefer to do it again. Please let us all know when you go back and we will keep you updated on our economy. Moron!!!

  • Gingerengineer says:

    He said ‘Better to be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt’. Where would we be without you? Better. And then there’s that tired old cliche ‘good ‘ol boys’. Really? Nothing original? Doesn’t surprise me.
    The attitudes you have expressed here are all that’s needed to understand your contempt for locals and Southerners in general. We don’t need you or your ilk. Please let us know how we can assist with your relocation. We really wish you the best of luck in finding someplace more suited to your wants and needs. Oh and don’t forget to take all your wonderfulness with you. Bless your heart!

  • Guest59595 says:

    OMG, what year (rather century) is this? Get over it, move on, get a life! This type of thinking is craaaaaaaaaaaaazzzzzzzzzy. Look at the state the we are in–locally, nationally, and globally. We are ALL going to end up together for eternity–either in heaven or hell-think about it? So why not move forward!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Be a part of the solution, not the problem.

  • Guest3 says:

    So why are you critizing the Southerner, instead of the Yankee who started it all?

  • Guest3 says:

    It’s so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say…and then don’t say it.

  • Guest23 says:

    Saints preserve him. He’s amongst the heathern now!

  • lovemytown2 says:

    He always has been amongst them. How do you think he got the job? When he was on the planning board how do you think he made his decisions? Was it what best practices required or was it via the secret conversations he had with Bozeman. Don’t worry he will do exactly as he is told. I also predict he will only be there a year, if not less. Or he will only be there until the economy picks up then he will go back to his private practice where he can get contracts. I guarantee you he does not have a passion for the job-it is just a job to him.

  • Wrongfully Terminated says:

    David Hollis,

    In your article you mentioned you always do the right thing. I hope this is the case. There have been a lot of wrongful terminations due to retaliation and discrimination.

    What are your plans on reinstating these people who have been wrongfully terminated?

    I hope you will do the right thing. The citizens,former and current GOOD employees, deserve it!!!

  • haha says:

    Wrongfully terminated….REALLY. I live in Leland and feel that if you have been fired then you must have really messed up. I was under the impression that you could threaten others and shoot them in the crotch and still keep your job.

  • YanksOut says:

    This is exactly what Leland needs!! A true “Lelandnite”. David Hollis was born and raised in Leland, and has a REAL love for Leland. Lets get the Yankees and transplants out, and bring back “Old Leland”. Hopefully now, Leland can preserve what it was always meant to be.

  • Transplant says:

    I would LOVE to see where the local economy would be right now if not for the “Yankees and transplants.” If not for our taxes and spending, your town would be in a world of hurt. You wouldn’t even have your precious Wal-Mart (which, I am sure, is where you spend most of your money). This backwards attitude is part of the problem with Leland. I, too, hope that David Hollis can fix what’s wrong here– maybe he needs to start with the “good ol’ boys” around here who think that the old ways are best and are completely closed off to change.

  • rather not be a Lelandite says:

    What’s he going to do about the Nepotism that creates such a hostile work environment there? Oh wait, he can’t do much because in a sense that’s how he got his job-“Lelandite nepotism”.

  • guesty says:

    But only if you are a member of the “club.”

  • Guest55543 says:

    and found him to be a smart, sensible and straight-forward guy. Seems that a practical, logical engineer might be just what the doctor ordered for a growing town with various issues instead of the usual smooth talkers who seek these management jobs. It also seems that a Leland native was an excellent choice as he truly has the best interest his home place in mind. Best of luck David.

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