Timeline of the Kennedy-Clancy battle in Lynn


Councilor at Large Judith Flanagan Kennedy defeats Mayor Edward Clancy Jr., an eight-year incumbent, by 27 votes. A recount would later boost the margin to 30 votes.

Jan. 3

Clancy retires, ending 33½ years of employment in city and state government.

April 1


Clancy files a wage complaint with the attorney general's office for nonpayment of wages and benefits totaling $33,488 from the city. On May 3, the attorney general authorizes Clancy to pursue the matter in state court.

May 17

John Andrews of Salem, Clancy's lawyer, sends a letter to Kennedy demanding payment of wages and benefits.

May 25

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Kennedy files “City of Lynn v. Edward J, Clancy Jr.” in Essex Superior Court, seeking a ruling on how the city charter and ordinances should be applied to determine the mayor’s salary and benefits. The suit also seeks to recover an unspecified amount “wrongfully paid’’ to Clancy.

July 21

Clancy files a counterclaim to the lawsuit, seeking payment of wages, benefits, attorneys’ fees, and a jury trial.

April 28

Parties await trial date to be set.


Source: Court documents; City of Lynn

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