The day after the Bristol Downtown Development Corp.'s last meeting, where board members held a long executive session, the nonprofit's leader felt the need to lecture his colleagues about the need for secrecy.
In a Feb. 23 email he sent to the entire board and its lawyers, Johnson said that "certain representations and characterizations were passed to outside parties regarding conversations that took place in confidence."
Johnson said the breach of secrecy caused "certain members of the city staff" to become "very upset" and the loose lips exacerbated "the aready complicated" negotiations between the BDDC and the city about the terms that should be offered to Renaissance Downtowns.
Johnson said he felt "very disheartened" about the leak, which he did not detail.
"We may disagree inside the room, we may offer strong opinions, we may even comment on the other parties involved in the negotiations; but what is said in the room should stay in the room," Johnson said.
Johnson called the breach "totally unprofessional."
"I ask that this email remain CONFIDENTIAL and not be forwarded to any other parties," Johnson concluded.
To be fair, nobody leaked it. I received a copy as part of a Freedom of Information Act request for information that I'll probably still be sorting through when the project is done.
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