LOWELL -- Michael Zaim, chairman of the Lowell Housing Authority board of commissioners, has resigned.

Zaim emailed his resignation to City Manager Bernie Lynch on Wednesday, the day after Lynch announced his plans to resign, according to Lynch. Zaim's term had expired at the end of 2013, and would be serving as a "holdover" until a new appointment was made.

Zaim had served on the board for approximately a decade.

Attempts to obtain a comment from Zaim on Saturday were not successful.

In recent years, Zaim has been a strong supporter of LHA Executive Director Gary Wallace.

He voted last year with three other board members to give Wallace a new five-year contract amid several ongoing investigations into the LHA's handling of construction projects.

Zaim was one of the city manager's four appointees to the board.

Whether Lynch, who announced he plans to resign March 10, will be the person who appoints Zaim's replacement is unclear.

Councilor Dan Rourke has filed a motion for Tuesday's meeting requesting that Lynch not appoint or re-appoint people to boards and commissions in his final weeks. The motion also calls for Lynch not to enter into any contracts or extend any contracts.

Councilor James Milinazzo has also filed a motion requesting Lynch consider staying on to complete the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Reporter Hiroko Sato contributed to this report.

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