Robert Healy
Robert Healy

LOWELL -- Incoming city manager Kevin Murphy plans to hire former longtime Cambridge City Manager Robert Healy as a short-term financial consultant soon after Murphy becomes manager.

State Rep. Murphy, who plans to start his new job on April 14, said he is turning to Healy because the city has been without a chief financial officer for months.

Healy, who retired last year after more than 30 years serving as the city manager in Cambridge, will be tasked with helping Murphy finalize the budget for the fiscal year starting July 1, said Murphy.

"We don't have a lot of time to get the fiscal 2015 budget prepared and approved by the City Council," Murphy told The Sun Friday. "Bob has incredible experience in budgeting and will help me formulate the budget by meeting with department heads to discuss their budget requests."

Healy was open to discussing being named interim city manager following City Manager Bernie Lynch's departure. The council chose City Clerk Michael Geary as acting manager.

A preliminary budget presented by Lynch to the City Council was predicated on a 3.5 percent property tax increase.

Murphy also said he plans to fill the CFO position vacated last fall by Tom Moses as soon as possible.

He is asking for copies of the resumes from applicants who applied when Lynch advertised the position several months ago, and considering new avenues for the city to advertise the opening.

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