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Hearing scheduled in lawsuit over swearing in of a Bethel First Selectman

An ex parte relief requested in the case of a Bethel Republican Town Committee member against the town has been denied and the court instead has scheduled a hearing.  Daniel Nostin filed the suit over what he called an abuse of process in the appointment of Rich Straiton as First Selectman.  Matt Knickerbocker resigned on September 6th to take a position in Wilton.  Straiton resigned his Selectman's role and asked the Town Clerk to swear him in as First Selectman.  The Town Attorney advised the Town Clerk to swear Straiton in as First Selectman, not in an acting role.  Under the town's Charter, the vacancy in the First Selectman's Office requires a special election, as well as an appointment by the Board of Selectmen to fill the third seat.  Nostin is looking to overturn Straiton's swearing in.