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Bissaillon new COS for Providence City Council

January 31, 2011

Jacob “Jake” Bissaillon, who managed Steven Costantino’s Providence mayoral campaign last year, has landed the job as chief of staff for the Providence City Council. RI Tip Sheet last week noted he was a top contender for the job to succeed the departing Thomas Glavin.

Here’s part of the official press release from Council President Michael Solomon:

“I welcome Jake Bissaillon to the City Council staff.  At a time when too many young professionals are leaving Rhode Island for opportunities elsewhere, Jake has decided to make Providence his home,” Solomon stated. “Jake is deeply engaged in the many issues facing our great city, he believes in public service and is committed to assisting the council as we address the numerous challenges confronting Providence.  I look forward to the fresh perspective he will bring to the position.”

Bissaillon will replace Thomas Glavin who has served as chief of staff to the council since 2006. Glavin, a former Providence councilman has announced his retirement. . . .

“I greatly appreciate the opportunity to assist the Council as chief of staff,” said Bissaillon “Particularly at a time when Providence faces unprecedented hurdles and yet, at the same time stands at the threshold of enormous change.”

Bissaillon, a native of Merrimac, Massachusetts, earned both his Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Providence College.  He worked as an account executive for the public relations firm Vision Strategies, before leaving to run the Providence mayoral campaign of then House Finance Chairman, Steven M. Costantino. Most recently, Jake did research for the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council.

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