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Report: Agreement reached in Bethel First Selectman swearing in controversy

An agreement has reportedly been reached in a lawsuit over the leadership of the town of Bethel.  Republican Town Committee member Daniel Nostin sued the town and several officials over the swearing in of Rich Straiton as First Selectman, rather than his appointment to the acting position following the resignation of Matt Knickerbocker.  The Bethel Community Gazette reports that the agreement states that Straiton acknowledges mistakes were made by not following the Charter.  Town Attorney Martin Lawlor gave an opinion that Straiton is still on the Board of Selectmen, as his September 7th resignation letter referred to himself as "Second Selectman" and there is no such position. Straiton and Selectman Bryan Terzian will determine which of the two will serve in the acting First Selectman role.  A Special Election is expected to be held next year.  Board of Selectmen meetings have been cancelled since September 7th, but are expected to continue on October 18th.