Minutes after taking the oath of office, Brookfield First Selectman Bill Tinsley faced demands he resign over his no contest plea to a charge of larceny.
Critics say voters were not informed that Tinsley, a Republican, faced criminal charges of embezzlement and petit larceny in Vermont before the Nov. 5 election.
The News-Times reports that at Tinsley's swearing-in on Monday evening, Zoning Commission alternate John Varda, a Democrat, and 33-year-resident Robert Zinser called on him to resign.
Others endorsed Tinsley and urged Brookfield to unify around issues such as the local economy and financial responsibility.
Resident Reet Lubin said Brookfield should "close the book" on the dispute.
Tinsley says he agreed to the plea, $900 in restitution and a $500 charitable donation because prolonging the litigation is not in his or the town's interest.
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