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|
|5th||P. Harold Ready||1963–1966|
|8th||Paul J. Sheehy||1974–1975|
|9th||William S. Taupier||1975–1979|
|10th||B. Joseph Tully||1979–1987|
|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