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Former Clerk Offers $2,500 Reward for Information About 2011 Threats Against Keith Hartman

The former mayor claimed threats against him made him wary of appearing in public. He was removed from office and lost his re-election bid.

Following in the footsteps of the reward offered for the capture of the former Galloway Township Clerk Lisa Tilton is offering $2,500 to anyone who has information that can lead to the arrest and conviction of the person or people behind threats issued to former mayor Keith Hartman in 2011.

In fact, according to Tilton, that’s exactly where she got the idea.

“This is along the same lines,” said Tilton, who said the idea first came to her while appearing on the “Open Mic” with Mike Assad radio show Saturday morning, Jan. 26. “People shouldn’t look at the amount. They should just come forward, but if it helps someone come forward, then I want to do it.”

During the 2011 municipal elections, then-mayor Hartman claimed he received threats from Roy Foster, which forced him to limit his public appearances. At one point, Galloway Township Police received an anonymous tip that Hartman had been found dead in his home. That tip turned out to be false.

As Hartman limited his public appearances, he fell victim to statute and was removed from office. He subsequently lost his bid for re-election.

According to Hartman, the threats ceased once he was removed from office. Although the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office was notified and opened an official investigation, Hartman stated he hadn’t been in touch with law enforcement officials about the investigation since leaving office.

“I assumed that once I was out of office they probably let the investigation go,” Hartman stated by email Monday afternoon.  “I don't know if it is still an active investigation or not.”

The Prosecutor’s Office didn’t respond to request for comment Monday afternoon. It is the Prosecutor’s Office’s policy not to comment on an ongoing investigation, and the office has made no mention of the investigation since the file was opened last year.

Tilton was recently awarded in a lawsuit settlement with the township. She indicated she wouldn’t be able to offer this reward “without that financial backing.”

Tilton’s lawsuit centered on the actions of former Manager Steve Bonanni and former councilman Dennis Kleiner.

Following the council meeting of Oct. 25, 2011, Kleiner commented on a rumored extramarital affair between Hartman and Tilton while council was still in session and opened to the public. Hartman and Tilton have denied those allegations.

“ I don't comment on rumors,” Hartman said on Monday. “ I reiterate my previous statement that I look forward to finding out who did this so that it clears my name and the person is brought to justice and made an example of.”

According to Hartman, he didn't know Tilton was going to offer the reward prior to the announcement on the radio.

Tilton stated she would like to see justice done, no matter the victim.

“People will think what they want to think,” Tilton said. “Those allegations are completely false. It was political propaganda used against him. This was done to somebody, and whoever did this should be brought to justice.”

Tilton is directing anyone who has information to contact the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800.

She is offering the reward through March 27, 2013.

JerseyDevil January 29, 2013 at 01:00 PM
Well, what is it, 250,000 or 2,500? Either way it seems to be an attempt to keep one's self in the news. And once again the journalistic excellence of The Patch comes shining through.
JerseyDevil January 29, 2013 at 01:04 PM
It appears the headline has been changed. After the e-mail blast went out. What's up with that?
Lisa Tilton January 29, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Your incorrect JerseyDevil. This is not an attempt to stay in headlines. This crime that was committed should have been solved and it hasn't. Clarification: its $2,500 to the individual who comes forward and provides information that leads to the "Arrest and Conviction" of the person(s) who committed this crime. The reward it only being offered for 60 Days and will Expire on March 27, 2013. More Details can be found on my website www.gallowaytwpnews.com.
JerseyDevil January 29, 2013 at 02:33 PM
What's the matter is Hartman broke? I think in your reply to me you meant "you're" rather than "your". I couldn't care less about your website or Hartman and his perceived threats, what struck me was the blatant misrepresentation of the reward in the headline, and the email blast that carried the incorrect headline. In fact the incorrect headline is still on the "local news" section of AOL. Was that an honest mistake by The Patch or an attempt to get more "clicks".
Charles Michel January 29, 2013 at 02:33 PM
Why don't people use their real name ? Why are people scared to stand behind what they say ?
smithvillian January 29, 2013 at 02:50 PM
It's kind of absurd that this has to be pursued by a private citizen reaching out to the community rather than the prosecutor's office or being driven by the powers that be in Galloway Twp.
Shawn G January 29, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Come on! Just move on and be happy!
Anthony Bellano (Editor) January 29, 2013 at 04:03 PM
It was an honest mistake in the headline, JerseyDevil.
Truth B. Told January 30, 2013 at 06:53 PM
According to the article, Mr. Hartman doesn't care much about this investigation. He doesn't even know if it is active. Why does Ms Tilton care?
Wilber Robinson January 30, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Because she is the ultimate drama queen, who, while she was wronged by Bonnani and that union thug piece of human garbage, Kleiner, lives for drama, she goes looking for it and now that she can't find employment with a municipality (Who in all honesty would even think for a second of hiring her after all the crap that has been in the news these past couple of years?) has nothing but time on her hands and a website (say what you will about Scheeler, but he never had to resort to calling a special at Costello's as news) to create as much drama as she can handle!
Lisa Tilton January 31, 2013 at 02:09 AM
Wow Told and Robinson! @Told, I care because multiple families and innocent children were threatened for nothing other than political propaganda. @Robinson, slight hostility in your comment. For your information, whether it is Costellos, Tailgaters or any other Local Business, its FREE Advertising to help boost the commercial economic downfall. Maybe if you were a resident in Galloway, you would understand the importance of supporting our local businesses, because I do. As far as your drama comment, email me at gallowaytwpnews@gmail.com and provide your number, I will be more than happy to talk to you since this is your first or new profile on Galloway Patch.

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