LOWELL -- City Auditor Sheryl Wright, who has worked for the city since 2007, plans to retire Feb. 28.

The auditor is hired by and works for the City Council. Wright's budgeted salary for this fiscal year was $100,052.

Wright's announcement comes two days after City Manager Bernie Lynch announced his intent to resign on March 10. Wright had worked with Lynch in Chelmsford before coming to Lowell.

The City Council voted 5-4 in December 2012 to give Wright a new three-year deal that was set to expire Dec. 31, 2015. Those voting to give her a new contract were Mayor Patrick Murphy and Councilors Bill Martin, Rita Mercier, Marty Lorrey and Vesna Nuon. Those in opposition were Councilors Rodney Elliott, John Leahy, Ed Kennedy and Joseph Mendonca. Murphy did not seek re-election last year; Lorrey, Nuon and Mendonca were defeated. Elliott is now mayor.

The Auditor's Office processes and records all financial transactions in the city, and handles payroll, among other duties.

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