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3 terminated from Leland PD

Published: Apr. 20, 2012 at 8:04 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 24, 2012 at 8:04 PM EDT
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Officer Michael Landen resigned from his position. Lieutenant Rick Dellapia, Lieutenant Bill...
Officer Michael Landen resigned from his position. Lieutenant Rick Dellapia, Lieutenant Bill Kozak and Officer John Blasingame were terminated for cause.

LELAND, NC (WECT) – An officer resigned and three others were terminated from the Leland Police Department on Friday, according to a news release from the Town of Leland.

Officer Michael Landen resigned from his position. Lieutenant Rick Dellapia, Lieutenant Bill Kozak and Officer John Blasingame were terminated for cause, the release said.

"The internal investigation regarding these individuals has concluded and a summary of the details was delivered this morning," Interim Police Chief Mike James stated. "We received the resignation letter from Michael Landen this morning prior to being briefed on the findings of the investigation. We will allow the process of appeal outlined in the personnel handbook to run its course before any further information of the investigation is released."

The release stated no other details will be released until the appeal process is complete.

"I would like to extend a public thanks to all those who have helped to bring this investigation to a close so quickly, especially the assistance of the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office," stated James. "I would also like to thank Mayor Bozeman and the Town Council, and Town Manager David Hollis for their support and guidance during this difficult process within the Leland Police Department."

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