Council to take up personnel matter regarding BDA director

Long time Bristol Development Authority Executive Director Jonathan Rosenthal will be the topic of a closed door session of a special meeting of the City Council today.

The agenda of the meeting, slated for 5 p.m. Jan. 11 and that was posted by Mayor Art Ward, says,   the council will “convene into Executive Session to discuss a personnel matter involving Bristol Development Authority Executive Director Jonathan E. Rosenthal, and to take any action as necessary.”

Under Freedom of Information laws, the council can– but is not compelled– to go behind closed doors to discuss personnel matters. However, the subject of the personnel discussions can opt to hold the meeting in public. However, there is no indication that this is the path planned by Rosenthal.

The meeting will be held in Council Chambers at Bristol City Hall.