LELAND, NC (WWAY) -- For months, WWAY has followed the allegations of corruption and officer misconduct at the Leland Police Department. Today, the department's leader was fired.
We spoke to a few people in Leland tonight to get their reaction to the news of chief Tim Jayne’s termination.
“I believe he's getting his just rewards right now,” said Kath McGrath, who lives in Leland.
Joanne Johnston, who has lived in the small town for years, says she's happy that people in power are finally being held accountable.
“We've just had some people that have let their power get out of hand,” she said.
Town manager David Hollis delivered the news to Jayne, also eliminating three administrative positions and another in the building inspections department. The firing comes just weeks after Hollis asked the Town Council to release information that Jayne had been on probation since September.
“I believe it's the right decision to make,” said Hollis. “It's not a decision that has come easily or lightly. I've thought about it a lot, and i just believe it's the right decision to make as a town and move forward at this point.”
Hollis claims the ongoing SBI investigation into the police department has nothing to do with his decision, and he has not spoken to anyone from the SBI recently.
Johnston says she's glad Hollis did not wait until after the investigation to take action.
“They made a good decision to go ahead and stop it, because they had a lot of the facts. Instead of waiting for everything to finish up, they knew what had gone on,” she said.
“Hopefully it will set a very, very good example and our next chief of police will make sure this kind of thing does not happen again,” said McGrath.