FIRST ON 3: Leland residents on Jayne’s termination: ‘It’s about time’

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Submitted: Thu, 02/02/2012 - 3:23am
Updated: Thu, 02/02/2012 - 7:43pm

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.


  • Retired Firefighter says:

    Rush to judgement Mr Hollis? What happened to the presumption of innocence Mr. Hollis? Remember, Mr. Hollis, like Jayne even you can be replaced.

    Do not get comfortable.

    My brothers at Leland Police Department, it is a sad day when people who know nothing of brotherhood, nothing of camaraderie and have the balls to question the manner in which you enforce the law instead of going to BLET and doing it themselves or make ill-advised and irrevocable decisions based on emotions instead of common sense.

    I say take your time going to your next robbery or domestic violence call. I say let that speeder go through the school zone at 60mph. I say you do not see the next shoplifter as you turn and walk away.

    What is the worse they can do? Fire you? Be awful interesting if someone was being raped, robbed or getting the crap beat out of them and no one showed up.

    Keep on keeping on chief. Do work “brothers”

  • Guest4353 says:

    Are you kidding me. The man was not convicted of a crime , he was fired from a job. As en ex whatever you are you should know the difference. The conviction of a crime may come at a later date. Just because you go to BLET does not make you some kind of saint. I have been alive for 49 years and have never called the police and do not intend to do so. New laws on the books give me the right to use my weapon to protect myself in many places now. I will call the police when it is all over to pick up the criminals body. Sr*** the brotherhood. Was around them 17 years and Most were dirtbags. At least a criminal lets you know who they are up front. Dirty LEO hide behind a badge !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • GuestDickHertz says:

    Wow! You can take da boy outa’ Brooklyn, but you can’t take the Brooklyn outta’ da boy. A police department does not have to be made up of thugs and idiots.

  • Goofy says:

    So, retired firefighter…sounds like you believe nobody should be held accountable, and omerta should rule. Is your thin red/blue line a license to break the law and cover up?

    The overwhelming majority of citizens in this society support law enforcement officers, firefighters, and public servants in general. It’s when these folks start developing a herd mentality and come to believe their actions should not be questioned, everything they do is right and the public they serve should just keep quiet that things start to go awry.

    Everyone has a boss including Chiefs of Police. Transparency breeds compliance.

    – Retired law enforcement

  • retired leo says:

    This response is to the retired firefighters comment.Your comment reference taking your time going to calls is absurd. think sir what if it was your wife or child that was involed in the incident.I would also like to say any officer considering doing what you recommend are not true law enforcement officers.If you had ever worked as an leo you would know there are corrupt chiefs and corrupt officers. These are people who dont have it in there heart to be a true police officer. They are in it just for the prestige and glory. Officers are to protect and serve ,yes but they are also to walk with integrity and professionalism and yes if they can not do this they need to be brought down.

  • Guest254789 says:

    I say take your time going to your next robbery or domestic violence call. I say let that speeder go through the school zone at 60mph. I say you do not see the next shoplifter as you turn and walk away.

    So you’d let the citizens suffer and possibly die because of one management decision? If that’s how you think…it’s a brotherhood of scumbags you’re looking for. Thank goodness the cops and firefighters I know wouldn’t stoop to such scumbaggery. I feel sorry for the citizens where you “served” and that they’re stuck paying your pension. You are an affront to a lot of good people in public service.

  • Guest357sig says:

    Thank God we live in a country where we do nothave to depend on the police for our protection. Law enforcement is not legally required to protect citizens. Get a gun, learn how ro ise it, and shoot the robbers, rapists, and any other life threatening bad guy.

    Law enforcement can continue to clean up the mess, eat doughnuts and harrass law abiding citizens.

  • Citizen of the Republic says:

    I think your comments reflect an attitude that the people shouldn’t question police wrongdoing.

    If you are truly a “retired firefighter” I pity the locals that needed your service, as your dedication was to yourself.

    I wonder if someone paid the ultimate price for your sorry attitude.
    Maybe they “didn’t look like you” or “talk like you”, or maybe they didn’t grovel at your feet like they would for some “super hero”.

    “have the balls to question the manner in which you enforce the law”

    Your damn right. We pay their salaries, and retirement pensions.
    The laws are there for ALL people. Not just for “special ones”.

    I don’t think you can be classified as a “first responder Hero”.
    More like a “Me first zero”.

  • Guest_99x says:

    Citizen, this guy, Retired Firefarter sounds like a weenie living his life through his brother who he claims is a cop. Loads like this are a dime a dozen up in NY. On any given night in any seedy ass bar up there you’ll find a herd of these jerks getting soused and loud. The fights end with somebody getting sucker punched or slipping and falling in their own puke.

    It’s invariably true that those with the biggest mouths have the smallest accomplishments (among other things).

    Getting this chief canned is a great accomplishment, something that the citizen journalists; you, Kblue, Guest28451 and others along with WWAY and its News Director, Scott Pickey should be very proud of!!! Great work.

  • Polly II says:

    Good morning Jain,
    How does it feel to be unemployed? You just joined the rest of us but you are not one of us! Since you don’t get a severence package because of reorganization unemployment benefits don’t kick in for at least six to eight weeks. You better get a job because we know you almost went bankrupt a couple of months ago. Hey Yumi Yumi is looking for another hoe bag. You fit the critiera for the job!
    Those guys you trusted were the wrong ones huh? I know you don’t know a lot of scripture because you and I have had a couple of discussions on the matter. Hows that free will working for you? I would hope that you know the basic “do unto others as they would do unto you”! I guess you made the wrong choices when you had the chance to make something really good come out of the Leland Police Department but you chose wrong. You just wouldn’t listen! I guess Leland made the third wrong choice as well. I was told last year that you wouldn’t be around very long. I guess the special investigator was right!
    It is amazing what God will do! If you don’t believe it just ask!

  • kblue2221984 says:

    What “firefighter” or Law Enforcement Officer would ever say “Take your time getting to a domestic” Or “let people speed through a school zone” NO “GOOD” firefighters, and no “GOOD” Cops! Which is what we expect from A Balboa supporter. (Your) stupid!!!! Say’s who? Say’s Kblue!

  • PublicAvenger says:

    Hey K-Blue
    Ask the Inner-Circle of brown-nosers, what they think about Tim Jayne now ? His very go to guys, and boot-licking hatchet men, are now pretending they were with you all along.

  • Guest_99x says:

    Congratulations K-blue! You really had an impact and made a difference. After a while I even came to appreciate the poetry. Be well, you have done a good thing.

  • kblue2221984 says:

    I’m not surprised. The same people who bashed me are now pretending to be me. It’s still not over. Keep a close eye on what happens next. Say’s who? Say’s Kblue!

  • guesty says:

    When and where will the party you promised be held, Richard?

  • kblue2221984 says:

    Hey thanks,
    It was hard to stomach a “good ol boys” leadership. I know some feel bad for these guy’s. Not me, they did it to themselves. Thanks again…… Say’s who? Say’s Kblue!

  • kblue2221984 says:

    Why would that matter? Your not invited……Say’s who? Say’s Kblue!

  • guesty says:

    Why? Because I outed you on here? I’m ok not being invited, I really don’t enjoy poetry reading and rhyming contests.

  • Guest for the Stay says:

    If you know it, spill it. No need to withhold info in these here blogs.

  • Guest for the day says:

    When are we going to learn who else has been terminated?

  • bbnttruth says:

    U know that dumb thing…………the town keeps firing people in hopes of stopping everyone from talking but the more they fire the dumber and more guilty they look. U can fire every one but the truth will never be silenced.

  • hate that i live here says:

    It was probably the ones that they figured wouldn’t say anything-the ones not in the click-the ones who need jobs the most. They need to stand up and not take it.

    They keep the Mayberryites because they are so stupid to know what’s going on and will do whatever. They keep the yuppies because they make them believe they are so smart and needed but the truth be told they are just as dumb because they by the hype and they are great at BS- plus the town knows there are new ones just like them around the corner chomping at the bit. And the ones in the middle are so busy pretending to know something when they don’t and so busy looking busy they are left alone.When are those behind the scenes going to stop playing games?

  • Boom Boom says:

    Kudo’s to Hollis, things will start to get better emmediately.

  • Retired Firefighter says:

    Like you guys, I am judging too. Judging in favor of Chief Jayne and not hollis. Since the presumption of innocence is no longer given its’ due attention and in NC, you can arbitrarily fire anyone for any reason in any job, I will side with the brotherhood.

    You don’t like the brotherhood, good. Perks of the job. And retired leo will tell you, if you are not in, you are out. Emotions are for chicks and dudes who have to piss sitting down.

    Only thing that happened here was the loss of leadership and poor uninformed emotionally based decision making on town management’s part. As far as being held accountable, those guys are held accountable everyday the go to work, put the “bad guys” in jail and so on. Be thankful they wake up to deal with the mess you won’t or don’t want to think about. If you guys really believe the rhetoric you are spouting, say thank you to the next cop you see. Even you Kblue. Lay off the red bull by the way.

    Again, I urge you to get the training, get hired some where and work some shifts. Then you can have a first hand account to render an informed response.

    I have as much right to an opinion as you do even if we agree to disagree.

  • kblue2221984 says:

    Kblue agrees with you. You can offer your opinion. I mean so what if it’s stupid. So what if “YOU” Firefighter think it’s okay for a Police Officer to break the law. It’s YOUR opinion! Now if I may? Can you take your “opinion”? And stick it it so far up your boot tay you choke on it So Kblue can take his time getting to you? DipStick! I have some Questions Circle the correct answer.
    1)Were you really a firefighter? (No) or (No)
    2)Are you indeed Timmy Balboa? (yes) or (yes)
    3)Do you think KBlue is awesome? (HECK YES) or (HECK YES)
    4)Can Sherry Lewis shoot you in your Hinktonian skin? <——-I made that word up!!!!!! Say’s who? Say’s Kblue!

  • Leland residet says:

    The loss of leadership occured when Jaynes was placed on probation. When a Leader or Commander has been found guilty of violating the rules (hence the probation and restitution)-how can he enforce those same rules on others? Would he adopt a “Don’t do as I do, do as I say” approach to leadership or management? Many a military leader has been relieved for cause, although the subsequent investigation found them not guilty, because they had lost the ability to lead. Leadership requires the faith and confidence of the lead…not fear, intimidation or rettribution. Chief Jaynes lost the public’s confidence and faith; it was time for him to go.

  • Guest for the day says:

    Time someone scrutinized the town hall gestapo too. Some folks get to work from home because daycare costs too much… Folks afraid to fraternize outside their area for fear of their jobs, etc…

  • Retired Firefighter says:

    Citizen…I would be glad to give you back your 29 cents to recoup your tax payment. Secondly, I served, did you? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Don’t like the brotherhood of the job, good. Perk of it.

    Kblue…again man, lay off the red bull and go get an adult.

    Ok, so Jayne’s gone, they rehire your people. You really think anyone they work with is gonna trust them? My brother was a cop and I know how it works. Could be a long night when she he or it is calling for back up when they are getting a beat down put on them.

    I don’t live there so I got nothing vested in Leland, but I was considering purchasing a summer home in the region. Think I will have my wife look else where. Because, where I come from, cops don’t call cops on other cops. You either handle your business or you go along with the program.

    Again, urge all of you to go get trained, get hired somewhere and work the job before you pass judgement. Think about the perks you get with your current employment. Coffee, discounts and so on.

    I will wait for the offical version(SBI investigation) before I make a decision. Till then, I side with the brotherhood.

  • kblue2221984 says:

    Your “brother”? the “cop”? is a piece of garbage! And? from the looks of it? it runs in the family! Down here? If an Officer is in trouble? we help no matter our belief’s. Only a Jayne fan would write anything so stupid.
    I Kblue make this solemn vow! If you are a man women, Officer, firefighter, welder, lawn mower, clerk, Or even Timmillky? If your in trouble? or in need of assistance? I’m coming to you as fast as I can. I promise my hand to god!
    Thanks for the great news that you won’t be moving here. We are in the progress of removing the trash from this city. Leland is taking the right steps to make it a awesome place to live and don’t need your ignorupidismns here! Sorry for my language folks. Ut oh!!!!!! I feel it!! Is it???! can it be?! Yup I feel a rhyme comin!!!! Like tuh hear it? here it go!!!!
    its entitled “I WAS STUPID ONCE AND PROUD”

    I used to battle real life fires
    With a gang of jerk faced liars

    If you were someone I didn’t like?
    I would drive real slow on junkie bike!

    I like to think my brother was a hero!
    Kblue says that he’s a ZERO!

    You made your point and now your full
    can someone bring me my red bull!!! Say’s who? Say’s Kblue!

  • Peyton Garrett says:

    or so You say. Please tell Your wife to look elsewhere. Please don’t move down here. One more crooked SOB from up north we don’t need. From other statements You have made, the word Stupid comes to mind. You didn’t serve, You collected a check.

  • Guest for the day says:

    Take a look at Leland Parks and Rec, Maintenance leadership while you are at it. A certain individual their seems to think he can run roughshod over his employees with intimidation too.

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