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A North Carolina Department of Justice spokeswoman says five former Leland police officers are no longer sworn law enforcement officers. Former Deputy Chief Karl Smith, Lt. Bill Kozak, Lt. Rick Dellapia, Ofc. Michael Landen and Ofc. John Blasingame all either quit or were fired last spring as the SBI investigated allegations of problems within the Leland Police Department.
Three fired Leland Police officers have appealed their dismissal. Today was the last day to file those appeals. Town Manager David Hollis says he received appeals from Lt. Bill Kozak, Lt. Rick Dellapia and Ofc. John Blasingame.
While some might have expected a quiet meeting of the Leland Town Council Thursday night, it did start with some fireworks. A group of residents came out to speak in favor of fired Police Chief Tim Jayne.
Tim Jayne tried to get his old job back this morning. Twelve days after being fired as Leland Police Chief, Jayne met with Town Manager David Hollis to make his case why he deserves to keep his job.
Leland Town Manager David Hollis told Chad Adams on The Big Talker FM this morning that former Police Chief Tim Jayne has appealed his termination.