ONLY ON 3: Former Leland officer offers his take on firing

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Submitted: Thu, 02/06/2014 - 4:55am
Updated: Thu, 02/06/2014 - 1:45pm

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — After Leland Police Chief Mike James released the details around why Richard Roman was let go on Tuesday, Roman says he could no longer keep his silence, and now he’s firing back at the once troubled department.

“They’re not telling the whole story or the truth,” said Richard Roman.

When Leland Police Department Sgt. Richard Roman was let go for falsifying training documents it appeared to be more of the same for a department that has been in and out of the news for all of the wrong reasons over the past couple of years.

“Nothing has changed over there it’s the same stuff that has been going on over there,” said Roman. “If you’re not in the right clique you’re screwed”

Roman says he was told that there wasn’t enough man power at the station to do the ride along hours required to pass his certification, but was told to log the hours anyway, and a certified officer would sign off on them.

“A junior officer was the one who approached me and said ‘Hey, I’ll sign them’,” said Roman. Either he felt guilty or got pressed into it. I’m pretty sure he was pressed into it by another officer who had clearly said to my face that he was after my stripes.”

With rumors flying through the ranks about a department restructuring he says his firing was part of a conspiracy by other officers who thought he was coming for their job.

“It’s obvious the chief didn’t want me back,” said Roman. “At best, being that I didn’t turn any paperwork in I should have been may be suspended. The other guy, if they’re going to fire me they need to fire him.”

Town Manager David Hollis says even though Roman didn’t sign his training sheet his intent was implied by simply filling out the hours.

Roman says he already has another job working for an overseas intelligence company.

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20 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Former Leland officer offers his take on firing"

2015 years 8 months ago

Sorry you had to listen to all that crap. If he was 1/2 of what he said he was he would be overseas right now making 100,000 tax free. Not the 35000 at Leland

2015 years 8 months ago

Listen unsmartened person, had you listened to the phone conversation? You would hear him tell on him self. He stated he should have been suspended, not fired. He also stated the department hasn’t changed, that it was still the “good ol boy” system. Then why did he work there? When both my supervisors decided to go crooked? I quit! Why if he didn’t like it there did he stay for 2 years? OHH!!!!! I KNOW I KNOW!!! Cause he got fired from Brunswick County? And had no where else to go? I assure you after this ridiculous phone call he surely sealed his fate in Law Enforcement. Just be more observant next time. Say’s who!? Say’s the always observant, awesome, sexy, smart, funny Kblue!!!

2015 years 8 months ago

Fired from the Leland PD and you already have a job with an overseas intelligence company. I’m sure this so called company was looking for someone with the intelligence you obtained from working at the Leland PD. Give me a break!! I’m sure you will be selling used cars this spring.

2015 years 8 months ago

You claim a officer told you to lie, so you being a sgt went along with it? Not adding up. Why didn’t you discipline the officer for integrity not incourage it by going along with it. You probably should look into being a car salesman not a cop.

Grand Ole Party
2015 years 8 months ago

So you are whinnying about WWAY letting someone else whine? And then you go on to whine about a council woman. Well done dip $%$#.