LOWELL -- Former state Sen. Steven Panagiotakos, who many believe could easily garner the support to become the next city manager, told The Sun Friday afternoon he will not be an applicant.
Panagiotakos said in the days after City Manager Bernie Lynch announced his resignation on Tuesday, he received phone calls from people he respects who encouraged him to apply.
Panagiotakos, 55, said he considered whether to apply, but decided he preferred to continue working in his current role as a registered lobbyist.
"I appreciate the support, encouragement and confidence some people I deeply respect communicated to me over the last few days about this position, but it is not a position I will be a candidate for," Panagiotakos said. "I really am happy doing what I'm doing and having my life a little more simplified than it had been."
Panagiotakos represented Lowell in the state Senate for approximately 15 years and rose to become the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means committee.
Other potential candidates to replace Lynch include: State Sen. Eileen Donoghue, State Rep. Kevin Murphy, State Rep. Tom Golden, Assistant City Manager Adam Baacke and former City Councilor George Ramirez.
Lynch announced on Tuesday he plans to resign March 10.
The City Council will meet Tuesday at 5:30 to discuss the process to seek Lynch's replacement.
The council will also discuss Tuesday Councilor James Milinazzo's motion requesting Lynch consider staying on through the fiscal 2015 budget process.
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