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Former Township Clerk Lisa Tilton Reveals She Owns Galloway Township News Blog

She's written every story that's appeared on the site since Dec. 24. The township recently settled a lawsuit with her for $250,000.

Over a year after the former publisher of Galloway Township News ran his first story, the person who was the focal point of that story has taken over the publication of the blog.

Former Galloway Township Clerk Lisa Tilton has purchased the Galloway Township News blog for an undisclosed amount of money, Tilton announced on the website Friday morning, Jan. 18.

Former Publisher Harry Scheeler put the blog up for sale in December, and Tilton purchased the blog as of Dec. 23. According to Tilton, she’s written every story published on the blog since Dec. 24.

Scheeler started the blog in 2011, and the first story that appeared on the blog concerned the township releasing Tilton's personal information to a third-party source who had no connection to either Tilton or the township.

Many of the stories that appeared on the site concerned Tilton, leading to speculation that Tilton and Scheeler knew each other, and may be working together.

On Friday, Tilton stated that Galloway Township News had already launched before she first spoke to Scheeler.

Tilton filed a lawsuit against the township last year. The actions of former Township Manager Steve Bonanni and former Councilman Dennis Kleiner were the focus of the lawsuit. Township Council voted to enter into a settlement agreement with Tilton on Dec. 11, and details of that agreement were released on Jan. 7.  The township and Tilton settled for

The settlement didn’t include a gag order for either side. However, Tilton said she wants to use the blog for the betterment of the community, and not necessarily to reveal details of the litigation between herself and Galloway.

She didn’t report on the details of the agreement when released by the township, despite owning the blog at that point in time.

“I want to give back to the community,” Tilton said. “I kept hearing that taxpayer money was going to the lawsuit. I wanted to create a public service, to create a community-oriented website.”

With Scheeler as publisher, the blog uncovered corruption in Galloway Township government.

According to Tilton, she didn’t reveal that she was the owner of the site until Friday because of pending legal paperwork.

On the website, Tilton stated “additional opinion writers and extremely experienced investigative reporters will also join in contributing” to the site. On Friday, she didn’t state who those opinion writers and investigative reporters would be.

Tilton said the website is not a permanent part of her future. She said her future goal is still to get a government job somewhere, and that the website is more of an advocacy position for her.

As part of the agreement, Tilton isn’t permitted to seek employment in Galloway Township. However, the township will provide a letter of recommendation for her should she use the manager as a reference, per the agreement.

Tilton was employed by Galloway Township for 10 years, and believes her experience as a clerk, registrar, notary and planning board member will work to her benefit where investigative reporting is concerned.

code87 January 19, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Read the Blog or she will sue you!
VTPat January 19, 2013 at 12:54 PM
I wish her good luck and my best wishes. I hope she continues to uncover the problems in Galloway and taxpayers continue to take notice.
tirepatch January 19, 2013 at 01:41 PM
good luck to you. hope it goes well,and you get some truths out
Keep Galloway Green January 19, 2013 at 03:37 PM
She should have held out & got $$$ from the individual culprits instead of costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of $$$ in settlement & legal fees. But that is what Galloway has become....a big pot of $$$ for everyone to grab. Anybody ever wonder how Harry made $$$ while spending time writing that blog? I thought Tilton could have been one of the people to buy that blog. I'm still wondering who financed Harry's efforts?...Hartman?
Keep Galloway Green January 19, 2013 at 03:43 PM
The "truth" is she cost taxpayers a lot of $$$...3 months pay while suspended & settlement. That's the real "truth"....How much did she get from Bonnani & Kleiner?...Would that be zero? Now she wants to "give' back?....lol....Cue the violin music & cry me a river!....lolololol
Charles Michel January 19, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Go for it Lisa ! Good luck with it . If is always nice to have someone looking into things .
smithvillian January 19, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Personally. I don't care who runs the site. Although Harry's efforts were valiant and groundbreaking in the sense that he captured an audience and got people tuned in to the corruption and mismanagement of Galloway Township Lisa will fill his shoes just fine. What she lacks in writing & reporting news will be made up in spades with her knowledge of the governmental process, etc. One thing I do want to know is WHY did she not pursue criminal charges against Stephen Bonanni given the accusations?
catherine wood January 19, 2013 at 06:27 PM
Glad to read this article. Hope it's true. I do feel it was unfair that my hard earned tax dollars were going to pay for someone else's mistake. I am a fan of the Galloway Patch and will continue to read. Good Luck.
Keep Galloway Green January 19, 2013 at 06:46 PM
You spent so much time & effort getting OPRA requests... You did this out of the goodness of your heart? Why would you work so a hard for nothing? If you did this all for nothing then I'll have to contact the Pope and nominate you for Sainthood!....lololol Maybe I can get my loose screws tightened up at Purdy Automotive?....lol
Ron Schreiber January 19, 2013 at 08:16 PM
with all the lawyers Galloway has sure more to come .they may have more lawyers than "Employees" and that's where the rest of your "Tax Dollars will go ..in the pocket ..
Keep Galloway Green January 20, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Harry...excuse me for wondering!....lol....So what your saying is your independently wealthy & you could spend all the time you wanted investigating Galloway. Maybe Harry I'm wondering how you could afford to spend so much time & effort on Galloway?....But now I know. It's the questions you don't answer that make me wonder.
Lisa Tilton January 20, 2013 at 04:47 PM
KGG. For the amount of time you spend talking on here, you can also be doing something good for Galloway. Why do you continue to knock those that are giving up their own time to make Galloway a better place? It takes heart and dedication to set aside time to do this type of advocacy. OPRA Requests are essentially free to the requester. So how much money does it take to run a website like GallowayTwpNews.com, nothing but time and dedication. You have flip flopped so many times in your support for Mr. Scheeler, why have you flopped now?
Keep Galloway Green January 20, 2013 at 10:40 PM
Quite the contrary...I did think Harry did a good job......but maybe I'm questioning his motivations. Gee....is that allowed?.... So far your 9 mil$$$ lawsuits havn't panned out for 9 mil $$$. Seems like a criminal waste of taxpayer $$$ to pay you for the misdeeds Bonanni ,Kleiner & others. But I guess it doesn't bother you taking $$$ from Taxpayers who had nothing to do with your case. That's what Galloway has become...a 25 mil $$$ pot of $$$ for everyone to grab so why should you be so different. I guess it's beyond your realm of thinking that I could question Harry's motives & where does he get his $$$ from?
Lisa Tilton January 21, 2013 at 03:41 AM
You can question all you want. I just find it odd that you supported Harry's efforts then turn around and doubt his motives. Free speech, have at it. I am also a Galloway taxpayer. This however, is not the forum to release how I feel about who should be responsible for what. I doubt there is much beyond my realm of thinking, but questioning where someone gets there money unless they are a government official, is just not appropriate.
Keep Galloway Green January 21, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Let me see...Harry started his blog about the time you resigned from Galloway. Harry ended his blog about the time you settled your lawsuit with Galloway. Harry's blog mainly was about your case & Galloway. Gee is all that a coincidence?...I don't think so! I note that Harry has never said how he supports himself/family. Maybe I thought it was a little bit odd that a person who lived in Woodbine would spend so much time looking into Galloway's affairs.
Lisa Tilton January 21, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Your theory is off base. I issued my resignation in July 2011. If I recall, the website came in around November 2011. Thats pretty far apart. In fact, after I went through all of my Facebook chats with you, you indicated your main concern was the Township selling the municipal complex and building a pretty significant commercial development on it that could boost the down economy. Hence, your ROSI concern. You also live right around the complex and use Patriot Lake walking path which is why you are so worried. Have you checked in with your elected officials lately to see how that plan is progressing?
Henri Galazkiewicz January 21, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Lisa Tilton: My suggestion to you is.... Don't wast your time talking to people that knock on everything and hide behind a fake name. Whoever KGG is.... If he or she really wanted to make a difference... I think we'd all know who they are by now.

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