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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.

Comment on this Story

  • DJ

    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!

  • Guest ReswithIntegrity

    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…..

  • one Sorry General

    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

    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?

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