Ex-manager’s lawsuit against Milo dismissed

Posted Nov. 09, 2009, at 8:02 p.m.

MILO, Maine — A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court by a former town manager against the town of Milo that charged conspiracy, breach of contract, defamation of character and emotional distress was dismissed Monday, without costs or fees to any party.

Jane Jones, now Lincoln’s town manager, had filed the 10-count lawsuit after she was terminated on Nov. 1, 2007, after 17 years of service. Jones said she had 16 years of “stellar” evaluations when selectmen conspired to remove her from office for financial misconduct. She denied ever mismanaging the fiscal accounts of the town.

Filed by Newport attorney Dale Thistle, the lawsuit claimed Richard Gallagher, Tony Hamlin, Joseph Beres and Jerry Brown, selectmen at the time, had violated Jones’ Fifth and Fourteenth amendment rights and the Civil Rights Act of 1871. Claims against Beres, Brown and Gallagher were dismissed soon after the filing.

Jones had requested a jury trial and was seeking unspecified punitive damages, along with $17,000 for compensatory time reimbursement she claimed was owed to her for the breach of her employment contract, and reimbursement for attorney fees, none of which was granted in the dismissal.