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LELAND, NC (WECT) - The town of Leland has upheld the recent firings of three police officers from the force.
In a news release sent Friday, Town Manager David Hollis says the terminations of Lt. Rick Dellapia, Lt. Bill Kozak and Officer John Blasingame will stand after appeal.
The town administration released the letters, which were mailed to the officers.
Dellapia was found to have committed six violations: violation of rules of conduct, insubordination and unbecoming conduct, courtesy, supervision and truthfulness.
Kozak's letter stated he had four violations: violation of rules of conduct, unbecoming conduct, courtesy and supervision.
Blasingame's letter pointed out four violations as well: violation of rules of conduct, insubordination, unsatisfactory performance and unbecoming conduct.
"We are moving forward with a stronger dedication to serve and protect the citizens of Leland. We hope to put the events and uncertainty of the past behind us. It is our determination to stay focused on maintaining a superior, respectful, and service oriented police force. We will be diligent in this regard," David Hollis said in an emailed statement.
The officers were fired on April 20th this year. A fourth officer, Michael Landen, resigned that day.
These decisions followed the firing of Leland Police Chief Tim Jayne earlier this year.
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