Leland settles claim from another police officer

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Submitted: Thu, 12/08/2011 - 4:10am
Updated: Thu, 02/02/2012 - 4:18pm

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Two settlements within three months and seven officers all gone from the Leland Police Department in a matter of a year. The numbers just don’t seem to add up in Leland.

The Town of Leland settled yet another claim against the town from a Leland Police officer at Thursday night’s special council meeting. The settlement says officer Kevin Foss will resign as an employee, the claim he filed will be dismissed and the records concerning the situation will be sealed.

“A lot of people have resigned,” incoming Leland Town Manager David Hollis said. “There’s approximately 30 people in the department. Seven of 30 is a good percentage. That is concerning.”

Hollis says information about the claim cannot be released because it concerns personnel.

“I can’t really talk too much about what’s going on in the police department personnel wise,” he said.

When we asked Hollis if anything that we had reported so far about the Leland Police Department was untrue, he struggled to answer.

“That’s a good question,” Hollis said.

After months of denying to interview with us, Leland Mayor-Elect Brenda Bozeman says she still had many questions about the situation herself.

“I can’t deny it or I can’t… I can’t either way,” Bozeman said.

Bozeman says the problem council has come across while trying to find the truth is that there are so many different stories from different people. She says the council is waiting on the results from the SBI investigation requested earlier this year to come back before moving forward.

For now, Bozeman says she will continue to trust the police department and Police Chief Tim Jayne until she is told otherwise.

“As of right now, I have no reason not to unless something comes back,” Bozeman said.

We tried to talk to Foss about the settlement, but he said he was prohibited by the terms of the agreement with the town to talk to any media about the claim or any other issue involving the Leland Police Department.

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8 Comments on "Leland settles claim from another police officer"

2015 years 8 months ago

I can hardly wait to find out what this fiasco was about. To be sure, some higher up in the department did something stupid. That seems to be status quo for operations over there. That is the problem with some of the small departments, they are very cliqueish. Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach, Northwest, Navassa & Leland are all examples of departments that if you are not part of the clique, your time will be cut short.

fiasco montra
2015 years 8 months ago

The fiasco is the same as where you are-status quo all over the Town. Poor leadership within a council, no backbone in the administration and no nothing yuppy cliques everywhere.No higher up did anything stupid-they were following Leland general practices.You know the montra do it until you get caught and keep those who don’t know anything around you cause they follow you blindly and take the hit for you.

Question in Leland
2015 years 8 months ago

If I am not mistaken, Officer Foss’s Sergeant, Sergeant Clarke is no longer with the department as well. Do you know what happened to him?

What are the nature of the SBI Investigations? Are they money related, officer abuse, etc? We have yet to hear about that.

2015 years 8 months ago

That’s a more than 23 percent turnover rate on resignations alone. That means people are quitting their boss; not the town itself in this tough economy. I suggest that this is a colossal failure in leadership at many levels within the town. This saga should allow for college credits for how NOT to lead for those of us who are following this. Heads at the top of this PD need to roll sooner than later. In fact it’s past due. And like most bills; when you pay later you have to pay more.

Citizen of the Republic
2015 years 8 months ago

I didn’t see or hear anything about the amount of the settlement, or if monies were paid at all.

What was the nature of the claim?

The records will be sealed?

The citizens of Leland deserve an explanation, some details, and an open government.

Too much is being done without public input, without openness.

The soap opera that is Leland government is not some Guantanamo Bay secret interrogations, that can be explained with “national security”.

Leland govt officials need to understand, if you don’t explain now, you will definitely have to deal with these numerous items during the next election.

It will be very hard to defend something you can’t talk about.

The citizens deserve answers, or a change of leadership.

Leland resident
2015 years 8 months ago

I have lived in Leland for 20 years and I love this town. I am really concerned about our Police Dept. Losing officers that have been here for so long and without reason makes me wonder what is really going on? First Sherry Lewis and now officer Foss, who’s next?

2015 years 8 months ago

IT’s not just the police dept. You ought to look at the numbers of others who were forced out just because they did their jobs and didn’t bow down to the town-oops-I mean-Greenwood/Stricklandville. It was because they actually had some smarts to them and knew how to do their jobs-not depend on the young upcoming I’ll pretend you are so great pups. The reason you don’t know about them is they were forced out before they knew what hit them and they didn’t know they could stand up for themselves. How long do you think this kind of junk has been going on? Would it surprise you to learn that people’s rights have been trampled on almost since the beginning of the town. For some reason they seem to think it is ok………….we will break the law…………..take a hit and if we have to pay our insurance will cover it……….and in the end there will be a settlement which will actually be cheper than paying salaries………and in the meantime we will use the salaries for what we want……..we don’t care what we look like……….it’s the way we do things here………the silence will protect us. Just hang on-there’s bound to be more to come-there’s probably more cases coming-there’s others who saw the light and decided not to be pushed around.

2015 years 8 months ago

the cards will fall shortly, working on another, the one that can bring him down, and will if it goes as I expect. watch the news,and papers, when it happens you are gonna get the facts from credible people, watch for the Raleigh Attorneys coming in and rocking the party. Not PBA guys or locals. The bear is watching and waiting to strike.