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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.

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