FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Deputy Leland Police Chief resigns


LELAND, NC (WWAY) — One of the five Leland Police officers suspended last week has quit. Leland Town Manager David Hollis says Deputy Police Chief Karl Smith resigned effective this morning. Smith had been suspended with pay Friday while an internal investigation continues.

WWAY was the first and only media outlet for weeks to report on ongoing personnel and policy issues within the department. Those issues eventually led to the firing of Police Chief Tim Jayne 90 days after Hollis took over for as town manager for Bill Farris, who retired.

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Smith served briefly as interim chief after Jayne was fired and before Mike James was hired as interim chief.