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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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42 Comments on "FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Leland Police Chief Tim Jayne fired"

2015 years 10 months ago

I am so happy for the citizens of Leland. Hopefully this is just the beginning and the town will get rid of all of the bad apples so that Leland can move forward in peace.

2015 years 10 months ago

This is really creative for a 10 year old…

Coming from an adult, it’s actually quite sad. Unless the adult has the mind of a 10 year old (apologies to any pre-teens that I may have offended).

2015 years 10 months ago

I hope Mr. Jayne was wise enough to know that his days were numbered and did not have all of his eggs in one basket. Anyone who is rational knows the town had no choice but to let him go. In fact this should have been done sooner. In my opinion, he forfeited his ability to lead in the way he handled thes distractions. And like many, I wholeheartedly disagree with the “dipity” chief being the interim. Hopefully, the town will conduct a thourough but quick search to get a fresh new professional face at the helm ASAP. Where and how do I apply?

Jeffery R Mercer
2015 years 10 months ago

Oh the sacrificial lambs! Leland is continuing to play their games and you all don’t see it. This was not Hollis’s decision. He has filled the role of the puppet manager. He listens to and answers to guess who? In Farris’s case it was Walter Futch. In Hollis’s case, he is indebted to Bozeman and Battleman. After all, they made sure his application was pushed through and he was hired even over the objections of other council members. They didn’t get rid of the chief because they finally realized he needed to go and they didn’t get rid of the others for organizational changes. It is code for we want to get by on the cheap. We are over paying an engineer to be a town manager and he is only going to stay until the economy turns around and then he is out the door. We will bring in another chief who isn’t qualified and pay him under what Jayne was making. We will take the difference of his salary and the difference from the salaries of the others we just dumped and to bring in and overpay a Human Resource Director to save face for what we should have had all along. With the way the town operates they will not get a Human Resource Director with any sense to come there or it’s going to cost them a pretty penny. And then, guess what, once they open their eyes to just how dysfunctional the entire operation is and once they realize how many more law suites are to follow they will leave too and go laughing all the way to the bank along with Hollis. The real problem there is that they are still trying to operate on a dysfunctional foundation that can’t stand. Until someone goes in and wipes out the root of the dysfunction Leland can not and will not prosper. And Bozeman, you know who they are-they are the ones you trust-the ones who lie to you every day-the ones who draw salaries they aren’t educated or skilled to have but once again you remain loyal to them and once again you will eventually get bitten again.

2015 years 10 months ago

He’s from New York. Maybe he’ll be heading back now.


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