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Unfortunately, the 2006 council which hired a new city manager, Bernie Lynch, and the 2007-elected council gave the chief executive more and more latitude to govern without exercising the checks-and-balances prescribed in the charter. The 2009 council did the same. While the 2011 council has shown a desire to reclaim its authoritative charge, it still seems reluctant to provide the necessary oversight where warranted.
… It is time to give Bernie Lynch a chance. He’ll have enough challenges to deal with and doesn’t need to be compared with John Cox. That’s not fair. Of course, some people will do that and criticize every move Lynch makes. Bernie has to be his own manager, and the council has to rely on his skills and trust his judgment. Lowell needs to heal the wounds of the past few months and get on with a new era and a new way of thinking. The next election is when voters should state their case.
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