Worcester is urged to cast wide net for next city manager

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WORCESTER — Proponents of the council-manager form of government say qualifications and experience should be the driving force behind the city’s search for a new city manager rather than one’s ZIP code.

They also contend that public participation needs to be a key element of the search so residents can have a connection to the process.

Speaking at Thursday’s 29th annual meeting of The Research Bureau, former City Manager Michael V. O’Brien, former Lowell City Manager Bernard F. Lynch and Chelsea City Manager Jay Ash urged those in attendance not to stand on the sidelines while the City Council conducts its search for a new city manager.

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