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LELAND, NC (WWAY’S ‘THE RANT’) — Leland Police Chief Tim Jayne did his first interview this week with the ‘Local News Review’ since allegations surfaced of misconduct within his department. Jayne did the interview against specific orders from Town Manager Bill Farris for city department heads and council members not to talk to the media.

In the interview, Jayne tells LNR co-owner Mike Leggett that the stories reported here and in the Wilmington ‘StarNews’ are a “witch hunt.” “Long after I’m gone and long after I have completed my task here,” he said, “what the other news media have done will remain here and I’m sick about that.”

“If you look at what the ‘StarNews’ did, “What’s Wrong with LA Law?,” that’s an insult to the town of Leland, to go back to that old LA moniker,” he said. “People should be standing up and defending the fine police department we have here.”

Jayne also contends the media coverage is an attack on the Town of Leland and blames former Assistant Town Manager Michelle Cox for trying to destroy him personally. Farris fired Cox back in July after she claimed the office had become a hostile work environment and she stopped coming to work. Cox says she offered to work from home until the issue was settled.

During the investigation into the shooting of former Officer Sherry Lewis, Cox also recommended that Jayne be terminated for misconduct and sent the recommendation in writing to Farris.

Chief Jayne, if these allegations are not truthful, why did you literally run away from our cameras after a recent town council meeting and have your officers try to keep us from asking you any questions? Why do you refuse to sit down with us to answer these allegations?

Because Chief Jayne, I’m having a hard time equating your “fine department” with your lieutenants encouraging the shooting of Officer Lewis in the crotch 12 times. I have a hard time believing you have a “fine department” after you hit one of your officers in the gut last year at a bachelor party. Why does a “fine department” continue to employ an officer who shot his revolver in the air on New Year’s Day? Or an officer who repeatedly pulls his pistol on other officers? Do other “fine departments” have the high turnover rate that yours does? Do the officers at other “fine departments” live in fear for their lives if one of their fellow officers decide to snap that day? Do other “fine departments” order their officers to take lie detector tests so you can find out what they told an SBI investigator? Is it the mark of a “fine department” for its officers to have sex in a house donated to the town or sex with each other at the station house? Does a “fine department” need to be investigated by the SBI?

Chief, if this truly is an attack on the Town of Leland, then I would encourage you to stand up for its residents and defend these allegations. So far, not ONE person has come forward to say that ANY of our reporting is false or incorrect. Why is that Chief Jayne? Could it be that everything we’ve reported so far is accurate and you’re just trying to deflect the blame and say it’s the media’s fault, or that we’re out to get “the town?” No Chief, we’re out to expose and report on what’s happening in YOUR department. If any of it is not true, you have an open invitation to sit down with us anytime, anywhere, with any reporter or anchor of your choosing, to be the leader your profess to be and defend your and your department’s actions. Feel free to call anytime.

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55 Comments on "THE RANT: Leland Police Chief Jayne calls media coverage “witch hunt”"

Mark Miwerds
2015 years 10 months ago

This Leland Police problem has nothing to do with being Southern in any way. This is purely about bad behavior and evil that has become endemic in this organization. Before retiring, I had to move away from NC and live all up and down the Eastern U.S., and I can tell you from my own experience that I have never seen such evil and unprofessional behavior in a group of police officers as I have in the Village of Leland’s police.

The only permanent solution to this will be to remove all of them and start completely fresh. Make sure the search for hires is national, too, or we’ll end up with another set of good ol’ boys and dirty backroom deals. You see, we have thousands of people retiring to this county from all over the U.S., and too many of them are too well-educated and have seen professional police departments in service elsewhere to allow what happened here to go on anymore. If you don’t ‘clean house’ and start all over fresh, this is going to go national to the general public, and we will get to be a laughingstock of a place for years to come. No one will ever get re-elected for office in Leland, because no one will have the public’s confidence. It will end up affecting the reputations of everybody within 50 miles of Leland. You know how these things pan out in the media and on the internet. I don’t care who did what and how much of it, just start over and play it safe.

Do the right thing this time. Rebuild from the ground up. What a total shame and disgrace this has been for all of us.

2015 years 10 months ago

I have gone through BLET and I have arrested more than my fair share of perps. What has not gone without notice is that I was hired to uphold the laws of this state and this country and be held accountable by the people I serve. I don’t know if you have ever held a position in law enforcement, it doesn’t sound like it. If you are in law enforcement…PLEASE…quit now! Your attitude is why we have such a crappy reputation. Your attitude is everything that is wrong in law enforcement today. People don’t have to go through BLET before they are allowed to call something out for being wrong. Get over yourself! Use I-40 to head west? How about you freaking leave? I am so sick of this ignorant redneck comment. It seems to come up anytime someone is outdone and has lost the debate. How about, since you can’t handle the issues…YOU LEAVE? Maybe a slow dinghy to China?

Guest of the Police
2015 years 10 months ago

Yeah, I am back. I see all the “whiney” people who feel they are entitled to render an opinion because they pay taxes enlightened me on how many more morons really live in the world. I really thought it was an act here in the Wilmington Metro/LA area on how people pride themselves on ingorance and try to pass it off as the gospel.

Again, go take a BLET class, sign an application, work some shifts and collar a few criminals to really get an idea. Otherwise, just shut your mouth and not question the manner in which the Leland Police Department provides law enforcement. Any one who has a problem with the “brotherhood” of the job, good. Perks of the job I say. Remember “fellow cop”, whistle blowers think they are doing the right thing but only find themselves “out.” Tread carefully, might be a long night when you are calling for help over the radio.

However, we as a soceity do have the responsibility to not rush to judgement or in laymans terms, maintain the presumption of innocence per se. Give the chief a chance to figure out if the alleged accusations are true and let the department follow its’ policies and procedures if they are. No further character assassination is necessary.

Last but certainly not least, if you do not like something, you have every ability to change something, including using I-40 westbound. A hearty thank you to the Leland Police Department for being Lelands Finest and Happy Holidays.


2015 years 10 months ago

You get on here and spout off so you joined the “whiney” people group.

2015 years 10 months ago

Ok. If you say so. Just a hint of advice, stay away from the lead paint chips and stop licking windows.


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