LOWELL -- Three city councilors had all five of the applicants they selected to receive interviews chosen as finalists for the city manager's position, according to interview lists provided to The Sun Friday morning.
City Councilors Corey Belanger, James Milinazzo and William Samaras were the councilors whose choices for interviews are among the six finalists to replace Bernie Lynch.
City Councilor John Leahy had the lowest number of applicants he voted for to receive an interview named finalists. The only applicant Leahy put on his interview list to be named a finalist was former City Councilor George Ramirez, Leahy's brother-in-law.
The finalists are: North Reading Town Administrator Greg Balukonis; former Birmingham, Mich., City Manager Robert Bruner; former East Providence, R.I., City Manager Peter Graczykowski; Blackstone Town Administrator Daniel Keyes; state Rep. Kevin Murphy and Ramirez.
Ramirez received votes for an interview from all nine councilors, while Murphy and Keyes received votes from all councilors but Leahy.
Balukonis, also a finalist in Dracut, received four votes, while Bruner and Graczykowski received three.
The council has scheduled three nights of interviews from March 25-27.
The interview lists provided to The Sun redacted the names of applicants who were not among the finalists; those names may remain private under the state's Public Records Law.
Here is whom each councilor selected as finalists:
* Corey Belanger: Balukonis, Graczykowski, Keyes, Murphy, Ramirez
* Mayor Rodney Elliott: Graczykowski, Keyes, Murphy, Ramirez
* Ed Kennedy: Balukonis, Keyes, Murphy, Ramirez
* John Leahy: Ramirez
* Bill Martin: Graczykowski, Keyes, Murphy, Ramirez
* James Milinazzo: Balukonis, Bruner, Keyes, Murphy, Ramirez
* Rita Mercier: Bruner, Keyes, Murphy, Ramirez
* Dan Rourke: Keyes, Murphy, Ramirez
* William Samaras: Balukonis, Bruner, Keyes, Murphy, Ramirez
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