Settlement reached between township, former Galloway clerk

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MIDDLE TOWNSHIP – A $35,000 settlement has been reached between former Galloway Township Clerk Lisa A. Tilton and Middle Township after she accused the township of discrimination last year.

According to a tort claim filed by Tilton, Middle Township officials didn’t interview Tilton for deputy clerk and registrar of vital statistics positions because she had filed a suit against Galloway and they were afraid if she wouldn’t get the position, the township, too, would be sued.

According to a draft settlement emailed to The Gazette by the Township Clerk’s Office, Middle takes no responsibility for the claims.

When contacted Tuesday morning, Mayor Dan Lockwood told The Gazette that there “is a lot more to the story,” but he declined to elaborate.

Middle Township Committee approved a settlement with Tilton on Dec. 17, according to Deputy Township Clerk Suzanne Stocker. A draft of the settlement agreement emailed to The Gazette Feb. 8 by the township clerk's office did not include signatures.

A tort claim, filed in October, states that Tilton was qualified to be deputy clerk and registrar of vital statistics for Middle Township, and at first she was included on a small list of candidates. A tort claim lets the municipality know that it could be sued.

She accused township officials of mentioning a civil suit Tilton had made against Galloway for harassment, retaliation and discrimination, which the tort claim states unfairly excluded her from working for Middle.

Tilton worked as Galloway Township’s clerk and in December agreed on a $250,000 settlement, according to The Gazette’s sister publication, The Current. She accused Galloway Township of hostile work environment, intimidation or retaliation.

Middle’s tort notice had been against current and former township employees and others.

She will receive $35,000 in the Middle Township settlement, including attorneys' fees, according to the documents. Her lawyer is Steven R. Srenaski of Phillipsburg, from Florio, Perrucci, Steinhardt & Fader LLC.

Tilton will receive $35,000 within 15 days of a fully signed agreement, according to a copy of the draft document. The fully signed agreement is expected to arrive at the township clerk’s office within 10 days, Stocker said on Friday.

Srenaski could not be reached for comment for this story.

– Alex Davis

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