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I suspect a lot of fallout from this announcement, but City Manager Bernie Lynch - who wanted to do this in closed session to tell the Councilors first, but was denied that because the same City Councilors who are at odds with transparency most of the time, tonight insisted on it - read his letter of resignation in open session on the floor, effective March 10th.
It was quite a bombshell for, well, pretty much everyone.
But…who can blame him? The hostile work environment - which as my husband put it, was telegraphed to us tonight - is not a pleasant thing to deal with week after week, and it was only going to get worse. No where else does an employee put up with as much abuse from his boss as Lynch has lived with, and it’s amazing he put up with it this long, frankly.
Let’s face it: this particular City Council really doesn’t deserve Lynch. Its majority doesn’t know what it has, is blind to reality, and frankly, I’m not that hopeful for a GOOD hiring process. After all, newcomer Belanger ran on “from Lowell, for Lowell.” That doesn’t bode well for a nationwide search for Lynch’s replacement, does it?
As for his legacy - which I hope is not undone with the next hire, it only takes a John Cox a few years to screw it all up - has been to put the city on amazing financial footing, to push forward many projects even in the midst of a recession and tight budgets, and professional, transparent city government the likes of which Lowell had not seen in a very long time.
So long Bernie, and thanks for all the fish…
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