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March 19, 2012

Cambridge Calling?

by at 10:16 pm.

So often, I hear the Bernie Bashers spinning yarns of Lynch escaping to Cambridge. Well, I better get used to it!

Cambridge — Robert Healy’s over 30 year tenure running the city of Cambridge as its city manager will come to an end a little over a year from now.

“I will be 70 years old in August of ’13, not that I’m going to stop working,” Healy said in a brief interview after the City Council voted to extend his contract for another year. “We won’t be here next January talking about the same thing.”

Healy said he would not reconsider his decision to retire but thought staying on while the City Council looks for someone else to take the helm “made a lot of sense.”

Healy’s contract will end on June 30, 2013.

Maybe the Council should give Lynch a new 5 year contract, this year?

Nah, I’m just fucking with ya, old Lowell ;v)

5 Responses to “Cambridge Calling?”

  1. C R Krieger Says:

    For me the “30 years” as city manager for Cambridge is an important point to make about the role of a city manager, and the role played by our neighbor and fellow Lowellian, Mr Healy.  For any who thought Lowell’s Mayor’s Aide should have soldiered on (as opposed to be unhappy with the form of termination) this is he same point, in spades, doubled and redoubled.  Continuity in the office of the City Manager is important to the long-term success of a town or city.  Sure, if you have the wrong person, buy up their contract.  But, if you have the right person, lash them to the wheel.  City Managers should not be changed just for fashion purposes.

    City Councils come and go, but City Managers endure.  Those two points work together.  City Managers should not be changed just for fashion purposes.  If the City Manager drifts from good performance performance and becomes a burden, he or she should go.  But, the City Council of the day should examine why the drift and the role of the City Council in that change.

    Regards  —  Cliff

  2. Lynne Says:

    Please please please please please don’t let this be where Bernie leaves us. Stay! The commute is way better to Lowell, in any case!

    We can beat the odds…we can have a CM for more than 6 years…yes we can!

    Though, at least this didn’t happen and entice Lynch away during the Kazanjian Council…*shudder*

  3. Lowell Resident Says:

    I think your readers would be interested if they compared the salary of the Lowell City Manager and the Cambridge City Manager. (actually also try comparing the salaries of the Lowell City Council and the Cambridge City Council). Remember the two cities have virtually the exact same population (and Lowell is the one thats slightly bigger).

  4. Lowell Resident Says:

    Actually its pretty funny to note that with the apparent rumors (according to WCAP) that Patrick Murphy spends “an inordinate amount of time in Cambridge.” Look at the salary the Mayor of Cambridge makes (again, the same “ceremonial” mayor style.) I wonder if there was any question whether she was going to take her salary???

  5. Lynne Says:

    LOL, some good points…

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