Woman at center of Port Authority scandal sues

A press release by the Port Authority never mentioned Teigland's name but spoke of a six-year relationship with James Hartung.
A press release by the Port Authority never mentioned Teigland's name but spoke of a six-year relationship with James Hartung.
By Lisa Rantala - email | bio
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LUCAS COUNTY (WTOL) - She says the Port Authority ruined her reputation when members accused her of having inappropriate relations with their president. Now she's taking action.

Lobbyist Kathy Teigland claims it all had to do with a press release the Port Authority and its chairman released last August. They never mentioned her name but spoke of a six-year relationship she had with James Hartung.

So this week, she filed a suit.

James Hartung was fired last August as Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority president by the board.

Chairman Bill Carroll released a statement claiming Hartung pursued an inappropriate relationship with a vendor. At the time, he said, "It was not an easy decision to make, but I have to continue to keep saying this: The facts were there for us to vote the way we did."

In her recently filed lawsuit, Kathy Teigland is now calling Carroll's accusations malicious and intended to injure her reputation

In the release, Carroll says Hartung assumed the responsibility to continue her contracts, approve her pay increases and expense reports, even without proper documentation.

Teigland said the statements exposed her to public hatred, contempt, ridicule, shame and disgrace.

We went to Teigland's home to try to talk to her, but there was no answer. Nor would her attorney see us.

In their suit, they say the truth is that Teigland did not receive any special favors from Hartung regarding her work since she was the lobbyist for the Toledo Legislative Consortium, which serves five agencies, one being the Port Authority.

She says the claims cost her two contracts in which she would have earned more than $100,000 a year. So, she wants $1.5 million for all of her pain and suffering.