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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Leland Police Chief Tim Jayne fired

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LELAND, NC (WWAY) -- Nearly five months after WWAY first broke the story of Leland Police officer Sherry Lewis being shot in the crotch during a training exercise, the man at the top is out. Town Manager David Hollis says he fired Police Chief Tim Jayne first thing this morning.

"I think it's time to move in a new direction," Hollis said. "I want to bring in a police chief that can provide a high level of professionalism and help move us forward."

Hollis says he e-mailed Jayne Tuesday night to meet him in his office Wednesday at 9 a.m. to tell him the news. The firing comes just weeks after Hollis asked the town council to release the fact that Jayne had been on probation since September.

"I believe it's the right decision to make," Hollis said. "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 department has nothing to do with his decision, and he has not spoken to anyone from the SBI recently.

We stopped by Jayne's house this afternoon to get his side of the story, but no one answered the door.

Hollis says firing Jayne is just one of many reorganizational changes. Three administrative positions and one job in the Building Inspections Department were also eliminated. Hollis says the decision was not based on low performance, but strictly on the reorganization.

"I take no pride in doing this," he said. "It's not a glorious day by any means. It's something I take seriously, and I'm affecting people's lives by making these decisions, and I don't take that lightly."

He believes these changes will improve Leland in the long run.

"I'm hoping that we can move forward and provide better customer service, that we can instill some confidence back in the town and the town government," Hollis said.

Deputy Chief Karl Smith will serve as the interim Police Chief.

By the way we also called Mayor Brenda Bozeman to get her take on Jayne's termination. As usual, she refused to talk with us.

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Keep going!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Karl Smith is just as bad as Jain. Now they have to clean house of the other dirty rats such as Kozak, Dellapia, Blasingame, O'Connor, Pierce(dishonest), Irvin, Spence, Keel and last but not least Sergeant (Crybaby) Landen. I agree with Fix Leland Police there is no need for celebration at this point until all are gone you all still have the same problems. You just lopped off the head of the snake. The town council next including Ms. Bozeman who knew everything about all of the incidents all along! Hey guys what happened to the guy you all hired here about a month ago from Oak Island? Didn't he have the smarts to tell you guys to kiss off? (Smart guy!!!!) There are lesser of evils but all of these will make a good start!
Told you so Jain! You thought this was all going to blow over. I guess it blew over you huh?


Next lets focus on those David brothers!


No let's focus on Judge Jolly. One by one they are going to be eliminated.


I certainly hope there is an investigation as to why the district attorney let this slide even when people had been complaining directly to him. I thought this proven crime fighter fought all crime, not just people who weren't his friends. The DA should resign instead of subjecting Brunswick County to an investigation.

Not DA's job

The DA is one who files charges against someone for the state. If the chief hasn't done anything of a felony nature it's not the DA's place to remove him. The city hired him. If his conduct is so outlandish then they are the ones who should fire him, and they did.

A New Day in Leland

One more thing:

I just wanted to give the ex-chief this link to the Employment Security Commission of NC's website. I'm sure he'll need it:

As he walks over to Jon David's house tonight crying on his shoulder because he doesn't have a job, he needs to remember how slick he thought he was and what's done in the dark always comes to light.

Tomorrow when he wakes up, he'll have nowhere to go, nothing to do. I'm glad someone finally got it right over there in Leland.

Thank WWAY for the GOOD results.

I can FIRMLY state that Tim Jayne (no need to call him "Chief" anymore) wouldn't of been included in the reorganization it wasn't for WWAY reporting the news. The citizens of Leland should actually be thanking this news station for doing a service. Good journalism was reported and the results are in the citizens favor. For those that criticize this station should think again. Regardless of how it's reported, the bottom line is it was all true.

I don't even know if the SBI concluded their investigation, but nevertheless, better late than never. Thank you WWAY for uncovering the crap in Leland PD. The extensive coverage has indeed made a difference.

and you

AND YOU MIKE!!!!!!!!!!!


ARE YOU SERIOUS??????????????????????????????????????

Mall Cop

Maybe he will land on his feet and get a job as a mall rent-a-cop.

Took them long enough

He shouldve been gone months ago. He was clearly in violation of his "probation" with the town. He was nothing but a boil on the town's posterior. Now if they can clean house getting rid of Blasingame and a couple others maybe just maybe LPD can regain some credibility.

Bye bye

Don't let that door hit you on the butt on your way out.