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Former Township Clerk Lisa Tilton Files Lawsuit Against Galloway

The 86-page 27-count suit is a jury complaint.

Former Galloway Township Clerk Lisa Tilton has sued the township and other individuals in Atlantic County Superior Court, claiming sexual harassment and other charges.

Tilton is seeking reinstatement to her position as a result of an alleged breach of settlement agreement.

She also iis seeking damages, attorney's fees, costs of suit and "other relief as the Court deems just and proper."

In addition to the Township of Galloway, among those named include Mayor Don Purdy, Deputy Mayor Tony Coppola, former Township Manager Steve Bonanni, and Solicitor Michael Blee, among others.

The 86-page, 27-count suit also includes allegations of:

  • violation of fundamental right to privacy;
  • breach of contract;
  • defamation/slander;
  • attempted intimidation and interference with rights secured by state law;
  • false light; and
  • violations of state Identity Theft Protection Act.

Tilton is being represented by Attorney Steven Srenaski, of Florio Perrucci, Steinhardt and Fader, L.L.C. He could not immediately be reached for comment Friday afternoon.

Blee couldn't immediately be reached for comment Friday afternoon.

The complaint is labeled a complaint and jury demand, meaning Tilton has decided she wants the case to be determined by a jury as opposed to a judge. No dollar amount is named in a complaint and jury demand.

The full list of defendants named in the suit is as follows: the Township of Galloway; former Township Manager Steve Bonanni, in his individual and official capacity; Mayor Don Purdy, in his individual and official capacity; Deputy Mayor Tony Coppola, in his individual and official capacity; current council members Tom Bassford, Jim Gorman, Dennis Kleiner; Brian Tyrrell and Whitney Ullman, each in their individual and official capacities; Township Solicitor Michael Blee in both his capacity with the township and the Law Office of Michael Blee; Township Clerk Thalia Kay, in her official capacity; Registrar of Vital Statistics Carol Hackney, in her official capacity; and former Acting Township Clerk Karen Bacon, in her official capacity.

Tilton was suspended as clerk on June 10, 2011, and reached an agreement with the township to resign on July 18, a resignation that took effect Oct. 3. However, she claims the township has violated that agreement.

She has since filed three tort claim notices against the township, as well as one against Atlantic County and the County Board of Elections. The tort claims combined were worth $9 million.

The suit filed Friday was the first lawsuit filed against the township by Tilton.

Donna Ann Thomas May 11, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Throwing everything to see what sticks. And some of it probably will.
Kevin Dermanoski May 12, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Greetings Friends!, I'm Kevin Dermanoski. I've lived all my 56 yrs of life as a Galloway Citizen. I was a Commissioned Officer in the Federal Government for 24 yrs, at the Navy Rank of Captain (0-6), and worked within various levels of Government. I've worked even at the level within the Office of Executive Branch, Office of Cabinet Secretary. I began Galloway Civic Service at 5 yrs old. I stuffed GallowayTax Bills into Envelopes each year as my father was an elected Official for 20 yrs, he was Member of Planning Board for 12yrs, on the team that developed Galloway's 1st Master Plan. He was 20-yr Member, then Life Retired-Member, Board of Directors, Atlantic County League of Municipalities. I helped my father prepare Pay Checks for each Galloway School Teacher, District Adminitration Officers, including the Pay Check for Superintendent Roland Rogers. I was household guess of Galloway's 1st Chief of Police, Russ Fenton, Chief Fenton took me on family vacation to the Poconos each summer, and to multiple Police Deptarment Affairs, to be continued.....
Kevin Dermanoski May 12, 2012 at 02:16 PM
.I was frequent houseguest of Councilwomen Theresa Conover, Chriss Gaupp, both of whom have major Galloway Streets named in their honor. Galloway Municiple Affairs was a daily dinner conversation. The current lawsuits against Galloway Government, the hiring and firing of multiple Township Department Heads, Managers, Police Chief frequent Retirements (not the current Highly Qualified Chief), has me concerned that there is something seriously wrong within Galloway Municiple Government. I cannot cast blame, no Court has ruled guilty, of any official, I am none the less, concerned about the atmosphere among Galloway citizens, about Galloway Government. The Majority speaks their concern privately, they don't write letters, but the conern is indeed palpable. I hope things are soon resolved, Sincerely in the Service of Galloway, Kevin Dermanoski PS. I wish there was a Spell Check!!! Please forgive grammar and spelling that can mislead!
Donna Ann Thomas May 12, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Thank you!
Diogenes May 13, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Your concerns are well advised. Galloway, founded in the 1790's, is one of the oldest townships in the Old Gloucester County (from which were made the current Camden, Atlantic and Gloucester counties). I have nothing personally against the current council members, but as a group and as a governing body, much is found to be lacking. It is as if they are not, as a group, up to the level of competence necessary to govern the municipality. Only the citizenry, through their vote, can change this, by weeding out those elected officials who are not up to the task, and by electing those who are not only competent to do the job, but are also willing to perform their civic duty and run for office, no matter what party. I'll vote for competence, not party, and it is time for all the electorate to do the same.
jim daraklis May 15, 2012 at 04:01 AM
if these charges are found to be true and the courts find for ms tilton, then the people who acted in this manner should have to pay not the people of galloway. we did not elect these people to act in this manner.most of the people on council own their businesses and they should lose everything that they and their families own.
Anonymous N June 05, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Its funny I too have been harrassed and kept trapped in my position while S. Bonnani was in charge. Several times I have applied for positions and I was over looked. The last time I asked him if I was going to be interviewed was when I applied for the payrole job. He stated, "that the position was appointed by Jill Gouger. The last time I checked this was not an appointed position. I went to affirmative action to see if she even had to put an application in and if my application was even looked at, but I recieved no response. Mind you I am one of a few employees that holds a bachelors degree and extensive experience. It continues with the Township clerk position and the Asst. Township Clerk position both times I submitted a resume and was not even considered or given an interview and I am an internal candidate. I don't know what is going on but it's not fair. S.B is very vindictive and retaliatory. Good luck L.T.

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