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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 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 and most of the government's leadership—but not former mayor Keith Hartman —and 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 following a spate of reprimands by Acting Township Manager Steve Bonanni. She formally .

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."

Keep Galloway Green December 12, 2011 at 06:31 PM
That doesn't explain the motivation of you 3. Sure the information is available....Bet I could get it all if I wanted to?....Why spend your time & effort doing this & pumping the Tilton case?...Either your getting paid by someone or you have axes to grind against Galloway....Is this a friends of Tilton thing?.....lol. PS: Go dig up all the dirt...it makes for amusing reading.
BruceSefton December 13, 2011 at 02:53 AM
Everything Brian said goes for me as well. I've never met Ms Tilton, but it is plain to me that some crooked politicians in Galloway are trying to cover something up. Something centered around Bonnani and Kleiner.
BruceSefton December 13, 2011 at 02:59 AM
Has anyone filed an OPRA request on the email accounts and cellphones of the council members? I would think if they are township issued phones and email accounts then they should be subject to an OPRA request.
BruceSefton December 13, 2011 at 03:15 AM
Thank you Brian.

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