Friday, October 19, 2012
Attorneys representing the township and former solicitor Michael Blee now have 20 days to respond.
Each defendant in Lisa Tilton’s lawsuit against Galloway Township now knows specifically what he or she is being charged with. In response to a request to clarify the 86-page lawsuit, Tilton’s attorney, Steven Srenaski, filed a “More Definite Statement of the Complaint,” on Wednesday, Oct. 17. He had 20 days from the time he was asked to clarify the complaint on Sept. 28 to do so. Attorneys Daniel Baylson and Michael Barker, representing the various defendants in the case, now have 20 days from Oct. 17 to file their responses. Baylson’s client, former Township Solicitor Michael Blee, is named in four of the 27 counts. All charges naming Blee and his law firm allege violations of the identity theft prevention act, the publication of private…
Friday, October 5, 2012
Bonanni will be represented by Mike Madden, of Haddonfield.
Former Galloway Township Manager Steve Bonanni will not be represented by the same attorney who is representing the township in the lawsuit filed by former Township Clerk Lisa Tilton, Township Solicitor Michael Fitzgerald confirmed via email Friday afternoon, Oct. 5. Bonanni will instead be represented by Mike Madden of Madden and Madden Law Firm in Haddonfield, Fitzgerald said. According to Fitzgerald, the Atlantic County Municipal Joint Insurance Fund (JIF), which insures the township, determined that "a separate attorney is appropriate," for Bonanni in this case. He didn't elaborate further. Madden didn't immediately return a phone message seeking comment on Friday. The township is represented by Michael Barker and former Solicitor …
Friday, September 28, 2012
Tilton's attorney must clarify which charges in the complaint pertain specifically to Michael Blee and his law firm.
The attorney for the former township clerk who filed a lawsuit against Galloway Township and former Solicitor Michael Blee has 20 days to clarify which charges apply to the township and which charges apply specifically to Blee and his law firm in the “wherefore” clauses of the complaint, Judge J. Christopher Gibson ruled in a pretrial motion conducted at the Cape May County Courthouse Friday morning, Sept. 28. Once the clarification is made, Blee’s attorney Daniel Baylson and Attorney Michael Barker, representing the township and the individuals named, have each said they would respond within 20 days, although Barker left open the possibility that he may take a little longer to do so. The maximum amount of time he would have to respond is …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Former Clerk Lisa Tilton is seeking reinstatement to her position.
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Thursday, May 17, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Suit claims Bonanni made sexually explicit comments, and Kleiner sought revenge over her refusal to use his preferred engineering company as a member of the Planning Board.
Councilman Dennis Kleiner and former Township Manager Steve Bonanni are major targets of a lawsuit filed Friday by former township clerk Lisa Tilton. Tilton claims that a vendetta the “political allies and personal friends” had against her ultimately led to her dismissal from a township that had employed her for 10 years. Tilton is seeking a rescindment of the Settlement Agreement and Release agreed to on July 18 and, she claims, later violated by the township, and a reinstatement to the township with back pay, benefits and all other emoluments of her employment, as well as compensatory damages, counsel fees, costs and interest, and any other future relief deemed “just and proper” by the judge. Mayor Don Purdy had no comment. Deputy Mayor …
Friday, May 11, 2012
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: Tilton is being represented by Attorney Steven Srenaski, of Florio Perrucci, Steinhardt and Fader, L.L.C. He …
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Thalia C. Kay was named to the position following an executive session Tuesday night.
After initially having a resolution on the agenda to name a permanent township clerk, removing it prior to the start of the meeting and going into executive session at its meeting, Galloway Township Council named an acting deputy clerk at its meeting Tuesday night, March 13. Thalia C. Kay, of Absecon, was named to the position Tuesday night. She was not in attendance at the meeting. Although nothing was said about the situation during the meeting, prior to Tuesday’s meeting, Councilman Dennis Kleiner said the person the township had hired for the full-time position found a job “closer to home,” saying that the person lived one hour north of Galloway. Tuesday night’s meeting was the last for Leticia M. Loeser, who was named acting deputy …
Friday, September 9, 2011
All members of council are named with the exception of Mayor Keith Hartman.
Outgoing Clerk Lisa Tilton intends to sue Galloway Township, based on various counts of invasion of privacy, slander, libel and violation of a separation agreement she reached with the township on July 18, among other claims, according to a tort notice obtained by Galloway Patch on Friday, Sept. 9. Tilton will seek $3 million in damages, for past and future lost wages, emotional distress, mental anguish, damaged personal and business reputation, as well as attorney’s fees and costs, according to the notice. The claim also alleges violations of procedural due process and Rice Notice rights involving discussions about the position of the township clerk without notifying Tilton, and various violations of the state's Open Public Records Act. …
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Kimberly Hodsdon will become clerk effective Oct. 4.
Galloway Township Council members present at its meeting on Tuesday night, Aug. 23, unanimously approved Kimberly Hodsdon to the position of township clerk, effective Oct. 4. The vote was 6-0. Mayor Keith Hartman was absent at the meeting. Current Township Clerk Lisa Tilton resigned her position, effective Oct. 3 during a special meeting of council on July 18, in which she reached an agreement with council following her suspension on June 10. Hodsdon will make $64,429, the same salary as Tilton. On Tuesday, council decided to move the discussion of the township clerk's position to executive session. Tilton approached the microphone during the public participation portion of the meeting to dispute the township's ability to discuss the …
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
All outstanding disciplinary charges against Tilton will be dropped in exchange for her immediate resignation as registrar of vital statistics and resignation as township clerk, effective Oct. 3.
In the end, there was no hearing. One month and one week after she was suspended, Galloway Township Council unanimously approved a resolution accepting Township Clerk Lisa Tilton's resignation late Monday night after the two sides were able to reach a deal. The agreement calls for Tilton to resign as registrar of vital statistics immediately and as township clerk effective Oct. 3, once her accrued comp time and vacation time has been used up. Acting Township Clerk Carol Hackney and one other employee in the Clerk’s Office are trained registrars. Hackney has been acting as township clerk since Tilton was suspended on June 10. She has no interest in pursuing the position full-time, and the township will begin looking for a full-time …