A state Superior Court judge has agreed to the issuance of a subpoena to determine the identity of the person who concocted an online survey that a former executive director of the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce claims irreparably damaged her reputation.

Justice Jeffrey Hjelm signed an order this week in Knox County Superior Court that could lead to SurveyMonkey.com LLC turning over information it has on whoever put together the survey done in April 2008 concerning Claire Adams’ performance for the chamber.

Adams, an Appleton resident, filed her lawsuit Feb. 3 against a Thomas Walters, acknowledging that the name Thomas Walters was an assumed name used to conceal the identity of one or more persons who held themselves out to be members of the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce.

Adams served as executive director of the chamber from June 2006 until April 2008.

The order signed by Hjelm will allow a subpoena to be issued to SurveyMonkey.com for it to provide information on the user name, the physical mailing address, the e-mail address, and the name of the credit card holder who maintained the account in April 2008.

The survey and other communications in 2008 went to more than 450 e-mail addresses belonging to people and businesses in Knox County.

The communications solicited and published false, disparaging statements about Adams, according to the lawsuit. Those statements included that Adams had requested more money from the chamber board in conjunction with her upcoming annual review, that Adams was the cause of falling membership in the chamber, that she was at fault for declining revenues, and that she poorly managed events, increased staff turnover, and was responsible for a disastrous chamber publication. She was also accused of being unprofessional and it was implied that other undisclosed defamatory information existed.

Adams states in the lawsuit that prior to the publication of these false statements, she had received high performance evaluations for her job and had a reasonable expectation of continued employment.

The lawsuit states that the communications were written to look like they were a chamber survey and that this influenced the members.

“Walters’ conduct constituted a witch hunt and exceeded all bounds of decency,” the lawsuit states.

Adams left the position on April 15, 2008. At the time, the chamber board did not comment on the reason for her departure, saying it was a confidential personnel matter.

She is suing for unspecified damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress, defamation, libel, interference with a business relationship, and a civil conspiracy. She is also seeking punitive damages.

SurveyMonkey.com is based in California.