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Bridgewater first selectman leaving after 30 years


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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