First Selectman Ken Kellogg announced the appointment of Francis Lieto as town attorney and Lieto resigned from his position as Town Council chairman to take on his new role. “With the untimely passing of Jeremy Hayden, the town’s legal affairs are at a critical crossroads,” Kellogg said in a press release Thursday. “We require an attorney who lives in town, with a deep understanding of current matters, without the benefit of any transition period, and who can step in and have an immediate impact.”
On Oct. 29, Hayden, a married father of one, died suddenly at age 41. He was Monroe’s town attorney for nearly two years.