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Hearing scheduled in lawsuit over swearing in of Bethel First Selectman

A hearing has been scheduled in the lawsuit brought by a Bethel Republican Town Committee member against the Town of Bethel over the swearing in of Rich Straiton as First Selectman earlier this month.  The Board of Selectmen, Straiton and Town Clerk Lisa Bergh were ordered to appear for a remote status conference hearing on October 17th to show cause for why a temporary injunction should not be issued against them as sought by Daniel Nostin.  When  Matt Knickerbocker resigned to take a position in Wilton, Straiton resigned his Selectman's seat and asked the Town Clerk to swear him in as First Selectman.  The Town Attorney advised Bergh to swear Straiton in as First Selectman, not in an acting role.  Under the town's Charter, the vacancy 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. 

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