LOWELL -- City Councilor James Milinazzo said Friday he wants the council to consider starting the search for a new city manager over because names of some applicants have become public.

Milinazzo told The Sun he has filed a motion to have the council consider scrapping the current search, which will be taken up at Tuesday night's council meeting.

Twenty-nine people have applied to replace City Manager Bernie Lynch, who leaves his job on Monday.

Milinazzo said the council decided Monday that only the names of the finalists selected for interviews would be released publicly, which is not the case now.

"I think people who applied were given the impression that their names would not be released unless they were finalists," said Milinazzo. "I think the professional approach we tried to take has been comprised."

The Sun's Column Blog reported on Wednesday that North Reading Town Administrator Greg Balukonis, who is a finalist for the Dracut town manager job, is a Lowell applicant. Balukonis has since confirmed that.

The Wednesday post also identified that all applicants were male and provided information about where they live and work.

On Thursday, The Sun's Column Blog reported that Peter Graczykowski, Thaddeus J. Jankowski and Daniel Keyes are also among the applicants. All three applied for the post when it was advertised in 2006.

Jankowski is the director of real estate finances in Alexandria, Va. Keyes is town administrator in Blackstone.


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Graczykowski's most recent position was as city manager of East Providence, R.I.

State Rep. Kevin Murphy had confirmed to The Sun last Friday he was an applicant. The Sun has also reported that former City Councilor George Ramirez has applied for the post.

Lynch was selected by the council in 2006. During that search process, then-Councilor Rodney Elliott released to The Sun the names and resumes of 30-plus candidates who were vying to replace John Cox.

Elliott, now mayor, declined to provide any information about the applicant pool this time.

Councilors have until 5 p.m. Friday to submit up to five names of candidates they would like to receive interviews. The top five and ties will be interviewed on dates to be determined.

On Wednesday, the City Council will solicit public input on what the public is looking for in a city manager candidate.

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