WEST DECATUR — Boggs Township’s former secretary/treasurer has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the township.
At Monday night’s supervisors meeting, a brief executive session was held for about seven minutes immediately at the start of the meeting for litigation purposes.
And during the last bit of business at the end of the meeting, township Solicitor Heather Bozovich told the public that the township “has been listed in a lawsuit.”
“It was filed on behalf of Denise Dobo,” Bozovich said.
Dobo was the secretary/treasurer — as well as a supervisor for the majority of 2017 — before her employment was terminated at the Jan. 2 reorganization meeting by Supervisors Rickey Droll and Russell “Butch” Jackson.
A reason for Dobo’s termination was never provided to the public. Droll and Jackson then hired Kim Miller as secretary and Deb MacTavish as treasurer, with Supervisor Bill Dickson voting against both matters.
According to the complaint obtained from the Clearfield County Courthouse by The Progress on Tuesday, Dobo said in the lawsuit that she was wrongfully terminated because of the criminal charges she and Supervisor Bill Dickson filed against Droll in 2017 that accused Droll of “several unexplained expenses on the township bills” from Napa Auto Parts in Philipsburg.
Criminal charges stemming from that case were later bound over to court by District Judge Jerome Nevling in September.
It also states in the complaint that Dobo was employed by the township beginning Feb. 1, 1984.
Dobo is seeking civil fines against Droll and Jackson “in an amount to be determined by the court,” as well as the following — $20,000; reinstatement to her position, including all benefits and seniority rights; payment of back wages and benefits from the date of discharge; compensatory damages in an amount to be proven at trial; any actual damages incurred by Dobo; and costs of litigation and reasonable witness and attorney fees.
Bozovich said the lawsuit has been turned over to the township’s insurance company, which is Employer’s Mutual Casualty Company (with Matson Insurance of Brookville as the carrier).
“They will be defending it on behalf of the township,” Bozovich said. “I bring that to attention because it’s township business, but also that limits the responses that several of the supervisors would be able to make during public comment sessions.”