About City Manager Bernard F. Lynch
Bernard F. Lynch assumed the role of City Manager in August of 2006. As City Manager, Mr. Lynch oversees an annual operating and capital budget of $295 million that serves a community of 108,000 residents. Mr. Lynch supervises the activities of all City departments which include more than three thousand employees.
Prior to leading the City of Lowell, Mr. Lynch served as the Town Manager for the town of Chelmsford for seventeen years. As Chelmsford Town Manager, Mr. Lynch was responsible for financial management; operating and capital budget preparation and review; human resource management; procurement; direction of Town Departments; coordination of elected and appointed boards and committees, grant writing and long term planning.
Some of his major accomplishments in Chelmsford included establishing and implementing financial management policies, a long-term financial plan and an award winning budgeting system. Financial reserves were increased from $340,000 to $8,000,000 from 1992-2003, while property taxes were held below the limits of Proposition 2 1/2. In addition, Mr. Lynch Established the town’s first consolidated public works department, public facilities department, finance department and community development office.
Prior to his position as Chelmsford City Manager, Mr. Lynch served as Chelmsford’s Executive Secretary. His experience in municipal government is vast. He has served as an independent consultant to municipalities, as the Executive Director for the Methuen Neighborhood Development Corporation and as a Policy Analyst for the Massachusetts Housing and Finance Agency.
Bernard Lynch earned his undergraduate degree in political science at the University of Lowell and earned a masters degree in public administration from the University of Massachusetts in 1980. Today he continues to play a role at the University of Massachusetts as a periodic faculty member/visiting lecturer in political science and public policy.
Professional and Community Service
- Massachusetts Inter-Local Insurance Association – Director and member of Audit Committee and Investment Committee (1993-Present)
- Massachusetts Municipal Association-Fiscal Policy Committee (1994-Present)
- Massachusetts Municipal Association Task Force on State & Local Finance, Service Delivery &
- Administrative Reform (2004)
- Massachusetts Municipal Association Revenue Sharing Task Force (2005-Present)
- Massachusetts Federal Policy Committee (2005-Present)
- Merrimack Valley Economic Development Council-Board of Directors (2000-Present)
- Lowell Community Health Center- Board of Directors (1999-2000)
- Special Legislative Commission on Affordable Housing (1988-1989)
- Northern Middlesex Council of Governments (1987-Present)
- International City Management Association (1989-Present)
- Massachusetts Municipal Management Association (1986-Present)