Galloway Township Says Settlement With Former Clerk Lisa Tilton is in the Interest of Economy
The township released the resolution authorizing the settlement one day after voting to approve it.
Galloway Township described its settlement with former Township Clerk Lisa Tilton as "fair, reasonable and in the interest of economy," in its resolution approved by council following its closed session of Dec. 11, 2012.
One day after approving a resolution that states the township has reached a settlement with Tilton, it released the resolution to Galloway Patch in response to an OPRA request. When approving the resolution Tuesday night, township officials said the resolution would be released following certification.
The township still has not released the amount of money agreed to by both sides, or the terms of the settlement. On Tuesday night, officials stated the details of the agreement would be released after it was signed by all sides involved. Of those involved in the lawsuit, former Township Manager Steve Bonanni, former Councilman Dennis Kleiner and former Solicitor Michael Blee each had their own attorney.
The resolution describes an "extensive mediation" that took place on Nov. 8 before Judge John E. Keefe, and involved all parties involved in the suit, in an "effort to resolve the lawsuit without costly or protracted litigation."
The resolution also describes the council discussion that took place in closed session on Nov. 13. Council voted 6-0, with one abstension, to approve the resolution following that closed session. Councilman Jim McElwee was the abstension. He was the only member of council not named in the suit.
The full resolution is attached to this story as a PDF.