The City Manager is the chief administrative officer for the City and is appointed by the Helena City Commission.
The City Manager implements policy decisions of the City Commission and enforces City ordinances. In addition, he or she appoints and directly supervises the directors of the City's operating departments and supervises the administration of the City's personnel system and further supervises the official conduct of City employees including their employment, training, compensation, reclassification, discipline and discharge.
The position also oversees administration of City contracts, execution of public improvements, as well as construction, improvement, and maintenance of all City facilities.
Budget responsibilities include preparing a proposed biennial budget and submitting it to the City Commission for consideration and final approval consistent with State law, along with presenting recommendations and programs to the City Commission.
The City of Helena has a modified Council-Manager form of municipal government. The modification is that the mayor is elected separately from the commission members. The Helena City Charter defines the roles of the commissioners, mayor, and city manager, click here to see the entire document.