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LELAND, NC (WWAY) — We’ve been telling you since last week about all the issues with the Leland Police Department and specifically Police Chief Tim Jayne. We’ve now learned there was a recommendation that Jayne be fired earlier this year.

According to a source close to the situation, Leland’s then assistant town manager conducted an investigation earlier this year into corruption and policy violations by Jayne. After the investigation, a recommendation was made to Town Manager Bill Farris that Jayne be fired because of the findings.

The source says Farris met with Jayne, and after a heated exchange, Farris overturned the recommendation and let Jayne keep his job.

Tuesday, when we called Farris for comment on a story and told the receptionist who we were, she said the town manager was on vacation until Friday. When we called for comment on this story Wednesday and did not identify ourselves, the call was quickly transferred to Farris in his office.

We asked him about the source’s allegations, and told him that this was his opportunity to tell us point blank if the story was false. He said he could neither confirm or deny the information.

We also reached out to Chief Jayne by phone and e-mail. In both messages, we were very clear with him about the details of our story and the need for him to speak up if the information was not true.

Jayne did return our e-mail. In his message he tried to discredit our source and said we need to “check in the facts.” However, he did not say that the facts of our story were in any incorrect.

Again, we specifically asked both Farris and Jayne to tell us if the allegations were untrue. Neither would answer that question directly.

Leland Mayor Pro Tem Brenda Bozeman released a statement today about the many issues we’ve uncovered. In it she said, “Council is taking appropriate actions under the appropriate laws of the state for town ordinances.”


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  • smh

    Ummmmm…..this person is a captain of police where? yes, she is the wife of a Leland officer but no one caught that. Those pictures speak a thousand words. Poor taste, bad decisions, and speak volumes about character. what self respecting woman posts pictures of her behind being spanked by another officers wife, groping other womens breasts, kissing other male officers, being scantily clad, and drinking irresponsibly? And some of those comments are questionable as well. Hard to believe these folks are thirty something officers of the law.

  • concerned citizen

    Someone needs to check out the photos posted by Detective Blasingame’s wife of all the department’s partying on Facebook:
    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1176176956&sk=wall#!/profile.php?id=1176176956&sk=photos. If that link does not work a quick public search of Stephanie Blasingame’s profile will produce countless public photos. How much of this is on the tax payer’s dime? Are they frat boys or police officers?


    mad just to require a psych test?? You used to be a cop why are you still not there? I got out because I got tired of seeing HONEST citizens abused, how about you? I’ve seen people beat down and the officers stand and laugh about it if that makes me wrong then I guess I am..BUT at least I have integrity. Have lived in Leland and Wilmington all my life, how about you???? I said all cops in Leland should undergo a psych test what is your problem with that? With all the problems there it seems warranted or does your “boyfriend” work there.

  • Alycia

    your information about salaries is WRONG. This data is public information, try verifying before you post.

  • I know that with a Sheriff’s Department, it’s not manditory to have psych tests done, I know this because I worked for one. I also know that the Police Department require psych tests because I’ve worked for one of those too. Before making a comment like that, you should know what you’re talking about. There aren’t all bad officers in this department but like all departments, there are those that are questionable. My question to you is this, did you actually get out because you wanted to get away from all the corruption you saw when you were Sheriff or did you get pushed out because you were just as corrupt and because of it you hate cops as much as the next crackhead? If you don’t live in the Leland area, you should keep your mouth shut and if you don’t like the ways things are done here, go back where you came from or is there a reason you left there too?

  • I know the facts

    Awe, what’s the matter Jimmy. You have to defend D again. Look, everyone knows that she will add false documents to someone’s file to save you don’t worry. You will still have her by your side no matter what and aren’t you lucky-not

  • Herman

    Herman, so you gonna bully me like you did the employees under you, you gonna assault me like you did your supervisor at your last job, you gonna make up lie about me like you did another employee when you started a fight with him at a christmas party. your a hot head who stabbed his good friend in the back, Poor blue, had no idea you were setting him up did he.. If im lieing just provide the names of all the employees you had under you for the last 7 years too, WWAY they can prove how many are still there, oh im sorry just call Alycia at home thats probably where she keeps those files… this is BOOM BOOM

    I will be at the big meeting have lots of info on you all.

  • Faye

    Boom Boom, If U knowso much Y don’t U show it, other wise sit down and shut up… This Police matter needs to be settled and all KU R doing is trying to make trouble out of nothing I believe. Lets get this Police matter settled so that we can get on with good things and times in Leland


    If you disagree sign your full name and set the record straight, like how many thousand people named jimmy live in this area…must be one of the people he was refering to..HMMM


    Then rehire and thoroughly SCREEN all of the ones there and in the future, make them have physcological testing to make sure they have the temperment to be in law enforcement to begin with

  • jimmy

    Hey Boom Boom why dont you sign your name and before you make a comment like this you need to be sure you have your facts straight.

  • Guest28451

    Obviously its too late to get a name on the ballot per se but would a write-in candidate campaign be outta the question?? At this point Id have to say it needs to be a serious consideration. A tidal wave of support for an outsider to Leland politics maybe is what this town needs for a mayor. I would offer myself as I have lived in the town nearly a year now (moved from City of Wilmignton) however I could not in good conscience run as my wife and I have plans to relocate out of the area next summer so it would be unfair to run and possibly win knowing full well I would never be able to fulfill a term in office. I do however believe that we do need to seriously look and consider finding a write-in candidate for the Mayors office because apparently the possibly soon to be mayor has already proven she has no backbone with her statements in these situations. If I was her I would be demanding an outside investigation if for no other reason then to clear the air and situation and prove once and for all whats really going on if anything.

  • Guest 911

    You truely are clueless or you work for him, which is it ?

  • Guest28451

    Chief Jayne is just as much a corrupt cop as the former Sheriff in Brunswick County. Jayne can sit there and deny it all he wants but where there’s smoke theirs fire and more and more information keeps coming out. When your only answer is to try and hide from the public and spout off check the facts.. Well sir we have checked the facts and many of us in Leland dont like the facts which are you bullied the Town Manager into keeping your job the former asst town manager was forced to quit as a result of them digging up the stinky skeletons in the ground you tried to bury. 1/2 your cops are racits and abusive bullies at minimum. Youve misused town property (there was absolutely no reason for the chief to have his car in Horry County SC, additionally these gas expenses would only make sense if the chief was out on patrol alot like alot of patrol officers but somehow I doubt it. Sounds more like hes been using his car for personal trips (ie Myrtle Beach). What blows me away is somehow Standards and Training didnt scrutinize things properly when there were known accusations of possible fraudulent training records and nothing was questioned (Sounds like typical crappy oversight from the State Agencies once again, most state agencies doing oversite seem to never do a proper and through job explains how things like the fiasco involving the repeated violations of that asst living home which lead to a death were allowed to stay open (In case ya’ll forgot it involved the Kornegays facilites over near MJ and another).

  • Boom Boom

    he sure used alot of gas doing it.

  • In the know

    Obviously you don’t know what you are talking about. There is more than one source for this story. If you think Jayne is so wonderful and has make things better over there you are just as much an idiot as he is and you are the one who should be embarrassed and ashamed.

  • citizen34

    Oh please. You should be ashamed that you even take up for such corruption. I see it from the inside. TRUST ME THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS THAT NEED TO COME OUT. The finance manager and her husband plus her daughter who is HR need to all be fired, then the town manager, and chief Jayne. Then we will start to be rid of the “good ole boys” .

  • brotherofthe Badge

    Lelands first Police Chief was fired back in the early 90’s after he was charged by the S.B.I. looks like things haven’t changed that much. Mr. Farris should have retired 10 years ago…as far as the P.D. goes, they need to clean house of everyone who turned and looked away during the Lewis incident and be glad that she did’t sue them for 5 times as much. I know this department and know that she was harrassed for the last 7 years. Good luck people of Leland!

  • CER

    Sadly, this the epitome of “the good ol boy system” alive and well in Leland and it is not Chief Jayne that I am referring to. Perhaps WWAY should do it’s job and look into the background, credibility and motivation of its so called source! So sad when nightly news turns into a tabloid show… The town of Leland is lucky to have a professional, highly qualified person like Chief Jayne to come in and clean up the a for mentioned good ol boy system..sad that doing the right thing has caused him so much aggravation. You all should be embarrassed and ashamed.


    More than 20,000 dollars a star thats how much this guy gets paid throw in benefits and he is recieving almost 23,000 a star, some of those officers may be worth that for putting there life on the line. and as mentally unstable as this cat is you can bet working for him is extremely tough. Farris has been recieving almost a 100,000 dollars if not more and getting a 300 dollar a month vehichle allowance. The public works director and Finance Officer are married. they recieve almost 130,000 between them counting benefits and it is my understanding that thier daughter works from home and is in Charge of HR or payroll or something she makes almost 40,000

    So there is roughfly a Half a Million Dollars of tax payers money going to just pure poop for employees, just about everyone in administration at one time filed grievances against the finance director, no action UMMM, public utilities hasnt retained an employee in the entire time.. and all of those complaints about that director, have culminated in the firing of those employees, the EEOC should pole all Present and Past employees since Farris took his position, please, all of us citizens should demand action, the rock has been moved , WWAY just look underneath…

  • SurfCityTom

    Regardless of the Community, the POlice Chief is a major personnage in the Community. Under normal conditions, when faced with similar circumstances, most Town Managers would call a closed seesion of the Town Council; present the evidence and report; and seek support from the Council.

    Now, the Council might call for further review or investigation; they might call for an outside investigation such as by the SBI; they might call for a closed session meeting with the Chief to allow his response to the allegations.

    But, I have never seen a Town Manager handle this type of situation on his own. There should have been review and consideration by the Council on a topic of this nature.

    After all, the Council is the body elected by the voting public.

    At the very least, an alternate plan might have entailed a meeting with the Town’s attorney.

    The Council now has an obligation to review both the Town Manager for his mismanagement and the Chief for a whole laundry list of issues.

    Council — fail in performing your duties, hopefully the voters will remember your dereliction of duty when you come up for re-election.

    This comedy of errors causes one to wonder if the Chief has secret files, including photos, of the Town Manager & Town Council ala J Edgar Hoover.

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