Celebrating 150 Years of Helena History

View from the city manager's office, 3rd floor
View from the City Manager's Office

What is a City Manager?

The City of Helena has a modified Council-Manager form of municipal government. The modification is that our mayor is elected separately from our commission members. Our city charter defines the roles of our commissioners, mayor, and city manager, click here to see the entire document.

Section 3.02 - Duties and Responsibilities
The city manager shall be the chief administrative officer of the city and shall be responsible to the commission for the administration of all city affairs required by this charter, law, ordinance or resolution.

Questions or Concerns About City Streets?

During regular business hours, call 406-447-1566.

Outside regular business hours, call 406-442-3233.

Or click here for more emergency services numbers.

Request a Permit for an Event in the City

To request a permit for a block party or other outdoor event to include a road closure, click here.

To request a noise permit for an event that does not require a road closure, such as construction noise or amplified sound for an event on private property, click here.

To request an event permit for a parade or race on City of Helena right-of-way (noise permit, street closure permit, etc.), click here.

The Helena Police Department processes noise and other permit applications. If you have questions or problems completing the permit applications, contact Mark Lerum: mlerum@helenamt.gov. 


Get Involved!

Want to get involved in city government? Contact the Helena Citizens Council to find out what you can do for your neighborhood to maintain and improve our community experience.

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City Manager

Ronald J. Alles

Ronald J. Alles became Helena’s 9th city manager in October 2009.  As the city’s chief administrative officer, he is responsible for the administration of all city affairs, services and duties consistent with the City Charter, City Ordinances and state and federal law.  His primary duty is to ensure that policies and guidelines adopted by the City Commission are executed as efficiently, fairly and effectively as possible.  The City Manager also prepares the annual city budget for consideration by the City Commission, supplies whatever information is requested by the City Commission and may make recommendations on matters that require action by the City Commission.

Prior to becoming City Manager of Helena, Mr. Alles was employed for nine years, 2000-2009, as Chief Administrative Officer for Lewis and Clark County.  He was Chief Finance Officer for Lewis & Clark County for five years prior to that, and served as a budget analyst for the City of Helena from 1991 to 1995.  He served in the United States Air Force from 1983-1987 as a Korean linguist and was honorably discharged at the rank of sergeant.


  • Rocky Mountain Program, University of Colorado – 1997 (Masters level education in public leadership and management)
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting Montana State University, Billings – 1990
  • Foreign Language Diploma – Korean Defense Language Institute, Presidio of Monterey, California – 1985

Professional Memberships and Community Involvement

  • Chairman, Helena Community Credit Union (2003 – Present)
  • Helena Youth Soccer Association Board Member (2007 – 2009)
  • Rotary Club Member and Board Member (2001 –2010)
  • Chairman, Helena Community Credit Union Supervisory Committee (1995 – 2001)
  • Treasurer and Vice President – Lewis & Clark County United Way (1994 – 1997)
  • Kiwanis Club (1992 – 1995)


Mr. Alles was born and raised in Montana and has two teen-aged children.  He spends his spare time with family, enjoys outdoor recreational activities and is an avid golfer.