Bernard Lynch photo Bernard F. Lynch is a professional administrator with over 20 years of municipal government experience.  His portfolio is a blend of both suburban and urban experience offering a comprehensive perspective on municipal governance. Lynch assumed the role of City Manager of Lowell, Massachusetts in August 2006 after seventeen years as Town Manager of the Town of Chelmsford. As City Manager of Lowell, the 4th largest city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Lynch oversees an annual operating and capital budget of $295 million that serves a community of 108,000 residents. He is responsible for the coordination of all municipal programs and executive supervision of all City departments which include more than three thousand employees.
In his first months as City Manager, he identified and closed a $6.3 million budget deficit in FY07 through budget cuts, enhanced revenues and a modest tax increase.   The City Manager’s initiatives include the implementation of an anti-gang task force, the establishment of a series of Downtown Summits to proactively address issues associated with the of economic development in the downtown district and the LowellStat program. The City has begun a $500 million redevelopment project in partnership with Trinity Financial of the Hamilton Canal District which will change the face of downtown Lowell, transforming a long blighted district into a mixed use “urban village” linking major transportation routes with the existing downtown. He also initiated the 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness with the goal of changing the paradigm of homelessness from one of shelter to one of prevention and housing first.
Lynch has enjoyed a variety of opportunities to expand his knowledge both academically and professionally. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Political Science from the University of Lowell and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. 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. In 2006, he earned credentialed manager status from the International City Management Association.