BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Leland Police Chief Timothy Jayne has been released from his position. His last day will be February 1.
According to a press release from the Town of Leland, several positions were eliminated as part of an "institutional reorganization in order to improve organizational efficiency and customer service."
"It's going to provide some proficiencies in our departments and it's also going to improve our customer service, so in that sense it is a good thing for the county," said Town Manager David Hollis.
In addition to the release of Jayne, three administrative positions and one position within the Building Inspections Department have been eliminated.
All of the town employees who were terminated, except for Jayne, will receive severance and health benefits. Town policy shows regular employees will be given two full weeks pay and health benefits until the end of the month.
"The Town is ready to move in a new direction," said Hollis. "The moves we have made will improve our organizational efficiency and allow us to better serve the public and our employees."
Hollis said this wasn't an easy decision, but was the best move for the Town of Leland.
"I don't think he had much of a future here with the town of Leland at this point," said Hollis. "I think it was time for him to move on."
Deputy Chief Karl Smith will serve as interim chief until a long-term chief is appointed or a permanent replacement is hired, according to the Town of Leland.
In November, the SBI opened an investigation into the Leland Police Department at the request of Jayne. The SBI was looking into allegations of criminal activity and the improper release of personnel records.
They were first alerted to wrongdoing when an officer complaining she was injured as the result of training by the Leland Police Department. She filed an EEOC claim against the department claiming she was the victim of discrimination and was hurt during training.
According to officials with the NC Department of Justice, the investigative report is being finalized and will then be reviewed by the Special Prosecution Section before being released.
The town will soon start advertising for a new Police Chief, Human Resources Director, Code Enforcement Officer and Executive Assistant. Information on the positions will be available on the Town's Web site, www.townofleland.com.
"We need somebody who can come in and provide some professionalism and confidence," said Hollis.