Welcome Manager Donoghue!


At 9:00 this morning in the Mayor’s Reception Room of Lowell City Hall, Eileen Donoghue was sworn in as the 17th city manager in Lowell’s history.  Donoghue served on the Lowell City Council from 1996-2007, including two consecutive terms as mayor from 1998-2002.  In 2010, she was elected to the Massachusetts State Senate as the Senator from the First Middlesex District.  She is the first woman to hold the position of city manager.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Lowell’s adoption of Plan E government in 1944.  Donoghue follows Kevin Murphy who retired on April 1st after just under four years as city manager.  At over seven and a half years, Bernie Lynch is the longest serving manager in the modern era, with only the first manager, John J. Flannery (1954-1952) having served longer.  Donoghue is the second former Lowell mayor to later become city manager, joining Brian Martin.

City Managers of Lowell, Massachusetts
1st John J. Flannery 1944–1952
2nd Ulysses J. Lupien 1952–1953
3rd Frank E. Barrett 1953–1962
4th Cornelius Desmond 1962–1963
5th P. Harold Ready 1963–1966
6th Charles Gallagher 1966–1970
7th James Sullivan 1970–1974
8th Paul J. Sheehy 1974–1975
9th William S. Taupier 1975–1979
10th B. Joseph Tully 1979–1987
11th James Campbell 1987–1991
12th Richard Johnson 1991–1995
13th Brian J. Martin 1995–2000
14th John F. Cox 2000–2006
15th Bernard F. Lynch 2006–2014
16th Kevin J. Murphy 2014–2018
17th Eileen M. Donoghue 2018-present

UPDATE: Photos from the Ceremonial Oath of Office on April 23rd, 2018

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