Former Township Clerk Serves Notice of Additional $3 Million Claim Directed at Councilman Kleiner
Lisa Tilton previously filed tort claims again the township for $3 million in a related matter. She also has another claim for the same amount against the Atlantic County Board of Elections.
Former Galloway Clerk Lisa Tilton filed a new tort claim — a legal warning that she intends to pursue a civil lawsuit — on Friday against the township and Councilman Dennis Kleiner.
The notice stems from alleged incidents in late October between Tilton and Kleiner, after she had already resigned as clerk.
Kleiner filed a police summons on Oct. 25 against Tilton on a charge of harassment, claiming Tilton followed him into a local restaurant, shouted threats to sue him and then tried to intimidate him by circling the police department's parking lot, which is directly across the street from The Dubliner restaurant. The summons was eventually dismissed.
Her tort claim against Kleiner includes: invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, malice, breaching a contract, violating the state open meetings act, violation of due process, malicious prosecution, stalking and other charges.
Tilton has filed at least three claims against local governments since September. Each of the three claims seeks $3 million in damages.
One previous claim targeted the township and most of the government's leadership—but not former mayor Keith Hartman —and another was aimed at Atlantic County, particularly the Board of elections. Tilton was reprimanded for allegedly prematurely releasing voter maps that were not yet final.
Tilton had worked for the township since 2001, and had served as township clerk from 2008 until earlier this year. Her salary was $64,429 a year when she was suspended in June following a spate of reprimands by Acting Township Manager Steve Bonanni. She formally resigned on Oct. 3.
She declined comment on the new claim.
Her lawyer, David Castellani, declined to discuss specifics of the newest claim, but said, "This is just another circumstance of continuing harassment even though she's not an employee there any longer."
Kleiner, who recently had oral surgery, said he would respond later today by email when reached by phone. He later declined comment.
Mayor Don Purdy, who was hospitalized at the time of the incidents cited by Tilton, said he was aware of her latest claim, but did not know details. He planned to discuss the situation Monday with Galloway's lawyer.
"It is a feud that just won't end," he said. "I have a job to do with budgetary problems to deal with and this is like high school."