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January 7, 2014

Lynch Resigning

by at 8:49 pm.

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…

Edit: for more on the meeting, Dick has his notes

11 Responses to “Lynch Resigning”

  1. Brian Flaherty Says:

    Agree with you 100% - fools

  2. Christopher Says:

    I figured something this big would you bring you back. It has been one day shy of a month since your last post. I know December can be a busy time, but I had not seen you either and was starting to wonder if everything were OK.

  3. C R Krieger Says:

    I wonder if the letter might not have appeared if the City Council HAD gone into Executive Session.  That would make the request for Executive Session a “test” of the new City Council on the part of the City Manager and the letter was the City Manager’s way of saying that he thought the City Council wasn’t prepared to work with him on terms he would find acceptable.

    Regards  —  Cliff

  4. Lynne Says:

    No, I think this was a set decision, I think he was trying to give the Councilors the courtesy of notifying them first before going public with it. After all, they constantly complained that they were never given enough notice that this or that was on the agenda.

    You don’t write a letter of resignation if you don’t mean to do it.

    As to my absence, there are multiple reasons.

  5. Publius Says:

    I think Cliff has a point. Letters of resignation can be written but not necessarily delivered. I believe Richard Nixon upon appointing his cabinet members had them sign an undated letter of resignation.

    Could it be possible that Lynch was hoping that the CC would try to persuade him not to resign? After all, there is no reason to go into executive session just to resign. The executive session was just a machination by Lynch to preserve his job on HIS terms.

  6. Mr. Lynne Says:

    Cliff’s is an interesting theory, but I don’t buy it. I agree with Lynne - the reason for the executive session is because, for some people, finding out when the public finds out is somehow ‘disrespectful’ and he was accommodating people of that inclination.

  7. Magnolia Says:

    There have been rumors about Lynch moving on well before this Council was elected.

  8. JC Says:

    The CM’s fate was sealed with the recent election; he knew that, so did we. The city received over seven years of competent, professional management at his hands - all should be thankful for that. Now we’ll see what comes next - at the hands of a council who largely appear to favor their own parochial interests over the more esoteric goal of good governance. That this is their absolute right is undisputed. That this is in the best interest of the citizenry is very much in dispute. It’s an argument as old as democracy itself. I hope that the voices won’t fall silent, and that the debate and commentary will continue to be raised in the postings of this blog.

  9. Lynne Says:

    Aww, that’s sweet! You guys really missed me?

  10. joe from Lowell Says:

    Hi, welcome back! It’s good to see the blog alive again.

    I feel like I’m seeing a relative I’ve lost touch with…at a funeral.

  11. joe from Lowell Says:

    “Could it be possible that Lynch was hoping that the CC would try to persuade him not to resign?”

    That seems really unlikely. Why would Bernie Lynch think that the CC would do that?

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