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LELAND, NC (WWAY) — At last night’s Leland Town Council meeting, Town Manager David Hollis revealed that Police Chief Tim Jayne has been on probation for months. In fact the reprimand came the very same night we first reported on the issues inside the Leland Police Department.

That leaves the question: why wait until now to release this information?

For four months WWAY has tried to get answers from town leaders about a host of issues within the Leland Police Department. They’ve repeatedly said they cannot talk about what’s been going on or refused to admit there were problems… until Thursday night.

That’s when Hollis revealed that on September 15 the town reprimanded Jayne.

“On September 15, 2011, Chief of Police Timothy Jayne was given a written reprimand, required to pay restitution for a town-owned vehicle and placed on six months probation for management actions inconsistent with the Town of Leland personnel policy and professional standard,” Hollis told WWAY.

That same night the town settled with Ofc. Sherry Lewis, who was shot in the crotch during a training simulation exercise back in March. That incident led to reports of more problems within the department and continued stone-walling by town leaders when asked if they had disciplined anyone within the police department.

So after all this time, why release the information about Jayne’s probation now?

“I came on board in November, and I’ve been pretty diligent and methodical in what I’m doing in regards to this and in regards to every other department in the town,” Hollis said.

Hollis said he feels it’s important for the public to know what happened. That’s why he asked Town Council to use a state law that would let him release the information to help restore public confidence. We pushed the town to use that statute months ago and stop ignoring the mounting allegations.

Back in late September Councilwoman Martha Currie admitted ignoring the situation would not make it go away.

“Maybe at first, I kind of thought, ‘This is just rumors, and it’s gonna go away,’ but it hasn’t gone away, so it’s time we do something,” Currie said on September 30.

Unlike other members of council, Currie tried to get answers for the public, but was repeatedly outnumbered when it came time to vote.

Along the way, Jayne has called the media’s search for answers a “witch hunt” and claimed that former Assistant Town Manager Michelle Cox, who last year recommended Jayne be fired for misconduct, was trying to personally destroy him. A quarter of his department has quit or been fired as officers have reportedly been forced to take lie detector tests as Jayne searched for information leaks. Hollis has said no one was “forced” to submit to a polygraph.

In the wake of this new information about Jayne, we tried to talk to members of town council about the decision to release this information now. Most told us they could not talk about it, but Councilwoman Jane Crowder says it was Hollis’s decision to inform the public so they would start the new year out on the right foot.

Hollis says nothing triggered the release. He just thought it was time.

“I don’t think anything’s happened that it needs to come out now,” he said. “I think it’s important for it to come out now so I asked town council if I could and they agreed that I could.”

Brenda Bozeman, who took over as mayor after serving as a member of council, has said she will wait for the results of a SBI investigation into the police department. Just last month she said she had no reason not to trust Jayne or his department.

Hollis says Jayne has been working under the Leland town standards since he was put on probation.

We called Chief Jayne for comment. He has not returned our call.

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27 Comments on "FIRST ON 3: Leland reveals Jayne reprimand to start year on right foot"

Guest ReswithIntegrity
2015 years 9 months ago

How dare you include the names of children, the Jayne’s or any others, amongst the absolute garbage being written. It is just more proof of what low life, disgusting people you all really are! It only begins to speak to the integrity of WWAY for allowing it to happen!
What you have written is full of lies….of course, you already know that don’t you…..

2015 years 9 months ago

Roger Bacon is a public Charter School. My son attended there from K-8th grade. And why in the world would you mention his children’s names. That was low!

one Sorry General
2015 years 9 months ago

Tim Jayne on probation, pays less than $100.00, it’s just laughable at this point.

Hollis did you screw up this time, or was this another cover up by Bill Farris.
Inquiring investigators like me want to know. The Myrtle Beach gas theft was only used as an example of what the General has been continuously stealing from the taxpayers. What about the trip he drove to Miami for the Steelers game. Jayne also flew to a Steelers game and then called Rob Ernest and told him to pick him up at the airport in his duty car. Remember on page 44 of the North Brunswick Magazine bragging about seeing road trip games live. Bet the taxpayers didn’t know that sometimes that transportation expense fell on them. What about the years of the General driving his entire family in his duty vehicle to church in Wilmington. I as a Leland taxpayer, I want to know what part does this play in policing my city. How does that benefit me and the citizen’s back over the bridge in Leland? Please don’t say he might get a call and have to go. That’s just stupid, and ignorant to say. It still doesn’t repay the money owed back to the taxpayers for this wrongful use of the taxpayer’s vehicle. What about the complaints of him having his family out to eat all over Leland in his duty car. Everyone has seen this, I’ve even seen this one for myself. I’ve also seen Jayne pulling his boat with one of his kids in the Jeep. We taxpayers paid for that too. I think at the price of gas today, Tim Jayne owes the taxpayers thousands of dollars. Last but not least, what about driving Grace and Lucas to Roger Bacon Academy their private school. As a taxpayer, why have I had to pay for the gas for this man to take his kids to their private school? Explain that one to us Hollis. We don’t care that it’s been corrected now. We the taxpayers want our thousands back. You know the NC law, the one that says abuse above fifty dollars or more is a crime in NC. The same NC law that Jayne was supposed to be upholding for the taxpayers he was caught stealing taxpayer’s money from weekly for years now. Try reading this one. NC law NCGS 159-181(b). See the part where it says removal from office. I’ve read the NC law. It doesn’t say anything of only using only one example from the list of misuses to base any punishment from. Are you telling us, he’s only going to repay the example of the crime? Read the parts of the NC law where it says. Guilty of class 3 misdemeanor, Forfeits his office, shall be personally liable in a civil action for all damages suffered by the taxpayers. Also barred from holding any office or place of trust or profit under the State of North Carolina or political subdivisions…. The SBI and FBI aren’t going to be enacting this laws for you Hollis. It’s your responsibility they get it, understand it. The eyes are on you now buddy.

When are you going to sneak in John Blasingame’s multitude of issues that are not private now out to the public. What about Michael Landen are you at some point going to say he was on this imaginary probation too for shooting up Sherry Lewis.

Maybe you don’t understand, maybe you’ve been misled and lied to by what’s left of your pitiful police department. None of your problems will go away Hollis until Jayne, Kozak, Dellapia, Smith, Pierce, Blasingame, O’Connor and Hall and of course, your shooter, Michael Landen, is permanently gone from the Leland frat house Police force. It’s like this, tell your board that your taxpayers are not forgetting about this. Nothing is going away, it’s as simple as that.

There’s a long list of officers right behind Jayne. They are going to read the same fortune cookie Jayne did.

Kozak, Dellapia, Smith, Landen, Pierce, Blasingame, O’Connor, Hall

Do you not think when Jayne’s finally gone, these goofballs aren’t going to be next to shine for the public to see. Almost all of there crimes are worse than Jayne’s problems in running and controlling his Community policing commando’s. Do you really want the kids, mothers, and families to see the details of what Leland’s finest are guilty of.

Don’t be mad at me for busting your chops Hollis. Do what’s right for your country and follow its Laws. It’s your responsibility to do so. Want to keep that $90,000 a year job? Put a stop to corruption in Leland. The residents of Leland have their eyes on you.
Grow a pair.

Jayne here is the latest joke about your Community policing project.

The rest of us live in a modern age, the days of Mayberry, Community policing as seen on black and white TV’s are a thing of the past. We have real world crimes, murder, robbery, rape, theft, cyber crimes, prostitution, even child abuse. That’s what I’m concerned about. Leland’s size is light years past knowing all of your neighbors and back woods Community policing. Tim this isn’t Mayberry and you aren’t Andy. Do you want to convince us, the thousands of people that live here, that Community policing will work when hundreds of thousands of tourist from all over the planet visit our town threw the summer months. Boy that Community policing General Jaynes got going on over there in Leland it’s a proven unstoppable back woods crime fighting tool. Tim you’re the tool.

DLS 2.5

Southern Born
2015 years 9 months ago

Its all history folks give it up, the cheese got eaten, the mouse stole the trap, and the Rat ran back to his whole in Wilmington.

While yaw were looking for answers Tim Jayne and Bill Farris were 4 steps ahead. Bozeman is left with the mess, because she trust in people to much. she expects everyone to be above board and honest and they used that to thier==== (thier favor).

Remember these comments, “Im not sure anyone was shot”,”witch Hunt”, “personnel matter”, does wway believe for a minute that Farris was going to say in front of the council that he knew she was shot. HMMMM what do you think he was saying behind doors.

But here is a thought if Jayne paid one nickel of restitution he is a thief, by his own admission> So why is he still employed and why has he not been charged by Mr. David

Bottom line “its over”!!, David is not going to charge him, Farris is retired, Ms Cox is fired, and Jayne is still strutten his stuff.

I say give him a raise call it a good job, Oh by the way Please explain the difference between Cox taking a trip on a towns dime too california, and Tim jayne taking a trip on Lelands dime too Myrtle Beach, and dont tell me distance cause the use of funds is the use of funds…. Oh and I dont remember Cox punching a subordinate while she was doing it.

Will someone please, ask Jayne the last question at a board meeting. Maybe WWAY?

2015 years 9 months ago

Show Nuff!!! Say’s who? Say’s Kblue!

2015 years 9 months ago

you along with all council, district attorney, and Mayor. I”ll be nice “get your head out of the sand”, “take your hands off your ears”, “open you eye’s and see”…
what you are defending is a farce, your actions allow ditators to stay in power and the citizen to unserved.

Why is individuals who are paid and employed by tax payer dollars recieiving so much privacy when it is us, the tazpayer paying them. Really. If I pay you I want to know day one what you did wrong, and weather we should continue to pay you!

deputy 25
2015 years 9 months ago

hey Chief [ chicken ] Jayne, return the call to WWAY!!!! you are so bad, why dont you return the call chick.. i mean Chief ?????

2015 years 9 months ago

deputy 25 did’t you get caught sleeping with someone on duty. hey think before you talk maybe ill call you wife????????????? about with who else

2015 years 9 months ago

“On ((((SEPTEMBER 15, 2011)))), Chief of Police Timothy Jayne was given a written reprimand, required to pay restitution for a town-owned vehicle and placed on six months probation for management actions inconsistent with the Town of Leland personnel policy and professional standard,” Hollis told WWAY.

Back in late September Councilwoman Martha Currie admitted ignoring the situation would not make it go away.

“Maybe at first, I kind of thought, ‘This is just rumors, and it’s gonna go away,’ but it hasn’t gone away, so it’s time we do something,” Currie said on (((((SEPTEMBER 30TH 2011))))).

Unlike other members of council, Currie tried to get answers for the public, but was repeatedly outnumbered when it came time to vote.

If your going to lie to the public? Get your dates right. Balboa was put on probation on the 15th? yet Martha knew nothing about it on the 30th? Either did Ms “Boozemen” or anyone else? This has got to be by far the worst cover up in the history of politics!!!! COME ON!!!! Liar Liar pants on fire!!! Yall Stink at lying!!! If you want answer’s and don’t want to be lied to? Ask Ms. Currie. Say’s who? Say’s the lie catching Kblue!

2015 years 9 months ago

Nice post. Now if we could just get rid of that rhymey send off. :-) Knew ya could do it! Have a great day!

2015 years 9 months ago

So he is on probation, during this probation he is destroying honest and fair officers that have even more dubious things he is doing, is allowed by past manager and present manager to continue firing and harrassing people. This only makes the last year even look worse for the leadership of leland. Do you know how stupid you all look? What does it take to fire the one problem in that department? Can the news get his contract? Is there a clause that states no matter how bad I lie, treat people poorly, perform poorly I can keep my job.
We are all waiting for th sbi and fbi to be done, hope they have enough handcuffs when they visit. I am never surprised anymore, he is firing people, wow. Lets vote the entire gang out, also David, the one who never did is duty the first time with this gang. This guy is an idiot.

2015 years 9 months ago

Nice try but i’m not biting! That is the biggest crock of poo I have ever heard. This man should have been fired a long time ago. Do an internet search for fired police chiefs and you will see that the standard for ones dismissal in Leland is held well below the national average.

2015 years 9 months ago

How can he be an effective leader and manager while serving out a disciplinary period? Why was he not fired as would have been done to an officer that violated policy? Why is he getting special treatment? As a member of the taxpaying public, I demand that he be removed as a public servant, since he is not effectively serving the needs of the public.

2015 years 9 months ago

I thought we were waiting for the SBI’s findings before doing anything. Now all of a sudden they want people to believe the problem was handled back in September. Really?

upset Leland resident
2015 years 9 months ago

As a Leland resident, I’ve heard what happened to the female officer. I was so sad that multiple male police officers would shoot a woman in the crotch and laugh about it. She was so bruised & in in such pain! And these are the police officers that I’m hoping would ‘protect’ me? I also heard that a bunch of officers took a Leland cop car & drove it to Myrtle Beach for a ‘party’. What if they had wrecked that car? What would be the implications for our town? If we’d been sued, would my tax payer money had to pay for their bad behavior? It seems like there is more than just one bad cop in Leland. A big investigation needs to be done & clean up that department.

Leland Gal
2015 years 9 months ago

Before commenting on a story you such know what you are talking about. Sherry stated in an interview with WWAY that only one officer shoot her. Second, here on WWAY it was reported that the Chief drove his patrol car to SC, no other officers were in the vehicle. Leland has a bad name not because of these officers it is because of people like you Ms. Leland that continue to spread mistruths and hearsay!! Second misinformed Leland residents goggle the DARE program conspiracy… This happened before Chief Jayne has hired. Chief Sanders and Skip were fighting about this years ago. GET INFORMED! Northwest Police Department and KBlue rule!!

Public Avenger
2015 years 9 months ago

These half dozen officers, who bullied a female officer, were ‘Good Ole Boys’. They were part of the ‘Click’. I guess none them are corrupt. Nothhing even happehsto them. Yet almost 1/4 of the rest of the department is fired, or forced to resign, for being “corrupt”.

Sounds like corrupt bullies are running things, while honest, good people (Bost, Lewis, and Foss, just to name a few) get kneecapped. I’m sick of seeing corruption in my Leland. I’m sick of seeing good officers getting screwed.

2015 years 9 months ago

Brenda Bozeman, the Mayor who apologized to WWAY for Chief Jaynes Behavior and had Bill Farris write a letter of apology

Brenda Bozeman the Mayor who just told WWAY, I have no reason to not trust Chief Jayne

Brenda Bozeman, the 1 term Mayor…not many things certain in life, but that is.

2015 years 9 months ago

1 term , so what Mikie, she got elected, a lot more than you ever did. How many times have you ran for public office?
If you had been there she said she had to trust her department until proof proves other.
What about Jane? You think she’s honest, hahaha, always wanting to do something and then doesn’t half way do it. Ask her fellow church people

Grand Ole Party
2015 years 9 months ago

It’s a line from the movie Tombstone.

Grand Ole Party
2015 years 9 months ago

I’ll step boy. When and where buttercup?

2015 years 9 months ago

come aveng this hey hey little girly men step up player

2015 years 9 months ago

Sober up and give it another go kiddo……..Say’s who? Say’s Kblue!

2015 years 9 months ago

What the heck does that mean? Say’s who? Say’s Kblue!

2015 years 9 months ago

What a joke..Jayne on probation since Sept 15th and no one knew but the town mgr!!! He should have been FIRED way before he had the opportunity to fire the last 6 – 7 ofcrs. He points the finger at Michele Cox as the one who leaked infor of corruption to get the attention off of him, when he knows dang well it was one of his brass who started the leak. That is just like a mealy mouth coward to blame a female. WHAT A JOKE! The very ones who were honest professional ofcrs are the ones who got the axe and the guilty swinger of the axe is place on probation for using town funds? How dishonest is that! He should be the one to take a lie detector test. IN most law enforcement organizations, an offcr caught lying is fired – BAM.
They are deemed untrustworthy and unreliable. What is the problem, Mr. Town Mgr?…Or is there different preferential treatment for the brass?

2015 years 9 months ago

your a joke Shut up Winder i see you

deputy 25
2015 years 9 months ago

you certainly have me confused with someone else. i do not work in any community around Leland, Brunswick or New Hanover. however , i do know a lot of people and frequent the area first and i am not married or ever been married. by the way, you should have typed ‘your’ wife instead of ‘you’ wife. anyway, make sure you don’t call the wrong persons wife, because i am most certainly not the one you think i am. honest to the goo Lord. you do have me confused.


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