Interim Chief Mike James officially appointed Leland police chief
 

LELAND, NC (WWAY) -- The town of Leland officially has a new top cop. Interim Chief Mike James officially got the job at Thursday night's Leland Town Council meeting.

After months of controversy surrounding their police department, the Leland Town Manager hopes the new hire will help turn things around. Mike James, who has been serving as the interim police chief in Leland since February was appointed permanent chief Thursday.

Town Manager David Hollis says James was simply the best person for the job. He says several candidates were interviewed, many that were just as qualified as James, but says in the end, James was the right fit.

James says he's very excited about the future for Leland and says the department will continue to have an open and honest relationship with Leland residents.

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What a great choice. Leland is a great place to live again. Say's who!? Say's Kblue!!!

From a citizen of Leland for the past 25 years and an employee of the Town of Leland for 12 years, I am proud of the decisions that have been made by the Town Manager and Town Council with regards to the Police Department. Chief James, as the head of the Police Department came into the department when it was a difficult place to be, yet has took the task head on and has made positive changes to bring the Police Department in the direction it needs to be headed. Chief James fought for the officers that were here to Protect and Serve and weeded out those with their own agendas to erode the profession and mar the image of the Badge and the Town of Leland. Before you comment on this article in a negative manner,put yourself in the shoes of the officers that have upheld their duties and have continued to be the professionals they swore to be when they entered into this profession. Proud employee of the Town of Leland, Sergeant John B Keel.

Leland never interviewed any canidates for the chiefs job.

After all the crap this city has been through there's finally positive stuff happening and you want go make stuff up. I know for a fact that someone from the Bruns Sheriff interviewed and was a top 3 candidate. He knows the guy they picked and said he will do a good job. Now how about you stop being a drama king and start trying to fix navasa.

If so please provide proof otherwise you might want to retract your statement as it could be viewed as slander.

Actually I interviewed for position. I have no hard feelings and think Hollis made a good choice.

Be happy at WPD Capt. Williams

Leland finally made the right choice!! This is a good day in Leland!!

Very proud to be a citizen of Leland tonight. Great job