LOWELL -- Elizabeth Pavao, who received votes from all nine councilors for an interview, has withdrawn from the Lowell city auditor search.

Human Relations Director Mary Callery informed city councilors of Pavao's decision on Friday afternoon.

Pavao is the director of finance/town accountant in North Reading, a role she has held since November 2011.

Pavao is the second of four finalists for the position to withdraw since the list of finalists was provided to councilors earlier this week.

The Sun previously reported that Greg Hammond, a certified public accountant from Maine, had withdrawn to take another position.

There are two finalists remaining:

* Irene Larivee of Nantucket, who has served as director of municipal finance in Nantucket.

* Dharam Dixit of Lowell, state Department of Housing and Community Development's director of finance for its division of community services.

Pavao received nine votes from councilors for an interview, Dixit received eight, Larivee received seven and Hammond secured five.

The council plans to hold the interviews for the auditor's position Wednesday, April 2, and Thursday, April 3, beginning at 6 p.m. each night.

On Tuesday, the council tabled until a future meeting Councilor Ed Kennedy's motion that the council add another candidate to the list of finalists so there again will be four.

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