Leland swears in new Town Council
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Leland, NC (WWAY) -- It was a changing of the guard in Leland Thursday night, following November elections some new faces joined the town council.

Some were sworn in and there was a reception. Jane Crowder and Jon Tait are new Council members. Brenda Bozeman becomes Mayor of Leland. Pat Battleman was appointed Mayor Pro Tem. The Leland Town Council is now decidedly female.

Walter Futch and Herbert Barnes left office with Thursday night's meeting, and David Hollis took over as Town Manager from Bill Farris.

We asked Mr. Barnes for some parting advice for the new town council. “Be open, whatever happens let the chips fall where they may then let the public know this is what we have done. Gain the public trust, we don't have the public trust right now.”

Herbert Barnes also told us he wants to see more people get and vote in Leland, he added “if you don't vote you can't complain”.

The minutes of several town closed session meetings were unsealed, WWAY will investigate those minutes.

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Somehow I have little faith things will change in Leland at least as far as the PD is concerned until the Feds haul Jayne off in handcuffs. Brenda Bozeman was wishy washy over the whole subject as MPT in the last couple months and I somehow doubt she'll do anythign different. Worse I feel that with Jayne's well known Misogny streak he'll just intimidate the council to keep his job and the town manager well no comment on him.. The excuses Farris gave in parting were milquetoast answers about that nothing could be done and it was complicated (referencing the article in the StarNews from last Sunday) and I stand by my comments. His answers were wimpy and crap.. He chose the cowards way out to just not run for re-election instead of having a backbone to stand up tot he bully Jayne.. So I guess we the citizens of Leland are stuck until the SBI and FBI do the job the town should have done which is get rid of him, in the process and I repeat it from earlier the town may lose its entire PD (which in the case of most like Delapia and the other Jayne 9) wouldnt be a bad thing however it will be bad for the decent officers left and for the town in general who will have to rely on BCSO until the Depts authority is returned if as I suspect it gets stripped due to gross mismanagement by Jayne and lack of oversight by the town itself. (Jayne is accountable to somebody and whoever it is has proven to be repetitively spineless).