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LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Three fired Leland Police officers argued their case to Town Manager David Hollis today about why they deserve their jobs back.

The town fired Lt. Bill Kozak, Lt. Rick Dellapia and officer John Blasingame back in April after an internal investigation by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. Today, the three men made one last attempt to clear their names.

Although the officers’ lawyer previously said he did not feel prepared to argue the case, because he could not get access to information from an investigation, Hollis says the process moved forward. Now, he has to determine what will happen next.

“I don’t want to say, ‘Yeah, I’m going to have it in a certain amount of time.’ I reserve that 15 days to make sure I’m looking through it thoroughly,” Hollis said.

Hollis says this is the last step that needs to be taken so the town can move forward instead of focusing on old issues within the police department.

He says the department is still working under an interim police chief, but a more permanent decision will be made after the appeals process with the fired officers is complete.

“After we can come to a conclusion here, we feel like we’d have a better situation to bring a permanent chief in to play,” Hollis said.

At that point all that would be left unresolved is an SBI investigation into the Leland Police Department. Any potential criminal charges would be up to state investigators.

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9 Comments on "Fired Leland officers make appeal"

2015 years 8 months ago

K Blue if u were such a stand up guy why would u listen to here-say from ppl who were fired for lieing your such a misguided lil man

2015 years 8 months ago

What I personally suggest is simple! Hire all the crooked Cops back right? Then? Sell drugs to all the citizens of Leland!!!! Omit drug testing! i.e. If your doing steroids? Your good! Give me a break folks!!!!!!! You have a good thing. Town Council, Chief, and some really great Police Officers leave it be. Say’s who!? Say’s Kblue!!!

2015 years 8 months ago

Now we can move on and get back to the real issues that have been a problem in this town for more than a year. We have three husbands and fathers that can get back to work doing the job that they are suppose to be doing. I hope that everyone can put this behind us and move on. As a wife of a police officer I know that I will be safe tonight!!! Answered prayers!!!!!

2015 years 8 months ago

jobs should be mall cops, that’s actually too good for them. GOOD RIDDENCE and you might be safe but with those pigs on the streets again the public sure won’t be safe. You are pathetic.

2015 years 8 months ago

is one of the reasons the Leland PD is a mess. I could care less about how your familysuffers, just like they did about the citizens they were supposed to protect and serve. Living under a bridge would be too good for both of you, a crooked cop and a badge hag. All the worst luck to both of you.

2015 years 8 months ago

O.K. it’s done! Lets move on and give these guys their jobs back. I have watched this circus now for more than 6 months and it has torn the police department apart. These men have families to support and it’s the families who are suffering. And KBLUE, I know who you are and I don’t need you to make a comment calling me stupid because I support my husband. So you can go back to your job as a wanna be rapper! Ha!

2015 years 8 months ago

Don’t worry magical things can happen for your career over across the bridge. Where else could a failed real estate developer turn into a Chief Judge!

2015 years 8 months ago

To call someones wife a hag or husband pathetic is so completely in itself pathetic. can you plz state what citizens life they ruined or do get your info from Holman who was fired for lieing??? The town made that mistake as ur about to see… oh well either way you show ur character and weakness when you call someones wife a hag…at least that officers wife stood by his side…she should be commended not criticized. im no ones husband or wife in this matter just someone that knows a few things.. im sure you’ll have some brilliant ridicule to this comment however can you TRULY answer why these men were let go???? or do you speculate as well being your such an astute person??

2015 years 8 months ago

If you let these coyotes back in the hen house, don’t be surprised when the hens start disappearing.


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