by KAITLYN NAPLES
Last Friday, the City Council unanimously approved a tentative retirement deal with the city’s former Director for the Bristol Development Authority Jonathan Rosenthal. The council met Friday afternoon, and discussed the matter in a closed door session.
Mayor Art Ward said Rosenthal has been working for the city for close to 20 years, however, due to contractual obligations he couldn’t make further comments until today.
A little over one year ago, Rosenthal’s term for reappointment came up at a monthly council meeting. His four-year term was voted down, 6-1, with the mayor backing him. However, that vote was only ceremonial because his job was under a union contract. Council members have voiced opinions openly in the past about not being satisfied with the job Rosenthal had been doing in the city’s development authority office. Rosenthal had one week to withdraw from the deal, however, the outcome wasn’t available at press time.