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ONLY ON 3: Still no timeline on appeal for fired Leland cops


LELAND, NC (WWAY) -- The fate of three fired Leland Police officers still hangs in the balance. The officers appealed their dismissal in May, but there's still no final decision.

The town says because Lt. Bill Kozak, Lt. Rick Dellapia and Ofc. John Blasingame got a lawyer, the process is taking a little longer than expected.

So far, no appeals hearing has been scheduled, but Town Manager David Hollis hopes the group will set a date soon after the officers and the town get on the same page with the attorney.

"We're still trying to schedule the appeals date to hear the appeals, and part of that is a release document that will allow their attorney to review files and things, so we're still working through that process," Hollis said.

Hollis says there is no time limit on presenting the appeals, so there is no telling when those hearings will happen.

The town fired Blasingame, Kozak and Dellapia after an internal investigation. Two other officers quit before the investigation report from the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office came back. Those two cannot appeal.

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