Office of the City Manager

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.

City Budget

The City Budge is available for viewing here.

Questions about the budget? Email us at Budget(at) 

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 permit for block party or other outdoor event to include road closure: 

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 Curt Stinson: cstinson(at) 

ADA Notice

The City of Helena is committed to providing access to persons with disabilities for its meetings, in compliance with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Montana Human Rights Act. The City will not exclude persons with disabilities from participation at its meetings or otherwise deny them the City’s services, programs, or activities.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations to participate in the City’s meetings, services, programs, or activities should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Ellie Ray, as soon as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange for the requested accommodation, at any of the following:

(406) 447- 8490
TTY Relay Service 1-800-253-4091 or 711
316 North Park, Avenue, Room 445, Helena, MT 59623

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.

City Manager Contact Info

City Manager's Office 
316 North Park Avenue, Room 331
Helena, MT 59623
Telephone: 406-447-8401
Fax: 406-447-8434


For accessibility information, click here.

To request an accommodation or alternate information format, please call 406-447-8401.