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Bridgewater first selectman leaving after 30 years

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BRIDGEWATER, CT (AP) -

Bridgewater's first selectman is stepping down after 30 years amid an FBI investigation of town finances.

First Selectman William Stuart said Wednesday that he won't seek another four-year term in November as chief executive of the western Connecticut town with a population of about 1,700. He says he's tired of political battles with former finance board Chairman George Allingham.

Allingham is a former friend of Stuart who began raising questions in 2008 about Stuart's handling of town finances. The FBI seized boxes of records from Town Hall a year ago. Officials won't discuss the investigation, which remains pending.

State officials also are looking into Stuart's management of the Burnham Fund, a charity for the needy.

Stuart denies any wrongdoing with town finances and the charity.

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