Meet Helena's Mayor & Commissioners
The City Commission is composed of five voting members, including the mayor. Members of the commission shall be elected for terms of four years; two positions being filled at each general election. The City Commission is a non-partisan body, as mandated by the City Charter, and must be residents of the City of Helena, as well as, qualified electors.
Mayor Wilmot J. Collins Bio
Wilmot Collins was born, raised and partly educated in Liberia, West Africa. Wilmot, a former refugee, arrived in the United States in 1994 and now resides in Helena with his wife, who’s a registered nurse at VA Montana and also an Army Reservist. Their daughter is Active Duty Navy, and their son graduated from the University of Montana, Missoula and currently lives in Seattle, Washington.
Presently, Wilmot is a Child Protection Specialist with the Montana Department of Health and Human Services, and a recently retired U. S. Navy Reservist. Prior to working with MT DPHHS, Wilmot worked at VA Montana for many years as an Administrative Officer for Facility Management and also as a Public Affairs Specialist and Minority Veterans Program Coordinator. Wilmot is very active on several boards: United Way of Lewis and Clark Area, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, and Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance. Wilmot holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management.
Commissioner Emily Dean Bio
Commissioner Emily Dean Bio
Commissioner Emily Dean is a proud citizen of Helena where she serves the community while also advocating for kids and public education. Experiencing some of the challenges facing many Montanans, Emily resolved to take on the causes of the working class through the pursuit of educational equity and expanding opportunities for families. She learned the value of public service at an early age through involvement in volunteerism and community building activities. Through the influence and example of her mother, grandparents and family, Emily learned the value of hard work and dedication to community.
Emily is a product of Carroll College where she was elected Student Body President and spearheaded a number of student- centered campaigns that continue to impact students’ well-being. Upon graduation, Emily moved to Dallas where she taught high school U.S. Government and Economics in the neighborhood of Oak Cliff. Through the experiences with and of her students, Emily’s deep belief in the power of education to improve opportunities and building an inclusive community was affirmed. After receiving a Masters Degree from Southern Methodist University, Emily returned to Helena determined to bring opportunity to our community. In addition to her role as a school teacher, she has served in a variety of communications and advocacy roles within government and non-profit organizations.
In recent years, Emily has led the revival of the historic Downtown Helena landmark of the Montana Club, serving as President of the Board of Directors as the 135-year-old establishment transitioned from a private non-profit organization to a thriving community-owned cooperative.
On the Commission, Emily is an advocate for high-quality city services, improved sustainability, expanding accessibility and transparency in local government, developing strong job opportunities, and improving quality of life for all who call Helena home.
On the Commission, Emily serves as the Commission representative on the Transportation Coordinating Committee, Information Technology and Services Committee, Civilian Advisory Board Working Group, Student Resource Officer Working Group, Americans with Disabilities Compliance Committee, and Audit Committee.
Commissioner Andres Haladay Bio
Commissioner Andres Haladay works for the Montana Department of Justice as an Assistant Attorney General. He and his wife, Hannah Fisher, live in Helena's South-Central neighborhood with their son Grey. Andres and his family moved to Helena in 2010 and decided to call the city home. He has previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Chief Justice Mike McGrath of the Montana Supreme Court and an Assistant Public Defender for Region 4.
In his free time, Andres loves reading, all of the outdoor adventures Montana offers, exploring forest service roads, cross-country skiing, and spending time with his family. He loves public service and is proud to have this opportunity to give back to Helena. Andres was elected to the Commission in 2013, and his four-year term began in January of 2014.
Commissioner Sean Logan Bio
Commissioner Sean Logan Bio
Sean Logan was born in the midwest and raised in Helena, his family moving here when he was two years of age. After being educated in Helena schools, Commissioner Logan attended Montana State University where he attained a degree in Mathematics. He has worked as a ranch hand, horse trainer and farrier, but ultimately settled on a career as a firefighter with the City of Helena Fire Department. Working his way through the ranks, Commissioner Logan spent the last three years of his career as the chief of the department, retiring in late 2015 after twenty years of service.
Having grown up and later establishing permanent roots in Helena, Commissioner Logan has always had a keen interest in local affairs. Understanding that commission decisions affect not only the day-to-day operations of city government, but greatly impact the lives of Helenans, he ran twice for the position of City Commissioner. This first time in 2017 (unsuccessfully) and then had a bit better luck in 2019. Commissioner Logan and his wife have two daughters and he a son from a previous marriage. He enjoys fishing, trap shooting and uilleann piping.
Commissioner Heather O’Loughlin Bio
Commissioner Heather O'Loughlin was born and raised in Great Falls, MT. In 2013, Heather moved to Helena with her husband, Neal, and their young daughter, Madeline. Heather currently serves as the co-director of the Montana Budget and Policy Center, a local non-profit focused on research and advancing public policy to help improve the lives of low- and middle-income families in Montana. Heather's work at the Montana Budget and Policy Center includes improving access to affordable health care, advancing fair and adequate tax and revenue policy, and highlighting the importance of state investments to help communities and families thrive. Heather serves on the board of directors for the Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, a statewide membership organization comprised of local shelters and victim advocates and focused on improving social justice for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Heather also serves on the board of directors for NeighborWorks Montana, a statewide organization devoted to improving access to affordable housing and homeownership for Montana families.
Heather's research and policy background includes seven years in Washington, D.C., serving as counsel, legislative director, and policy advisor to Senator Max Baucus. Heather worked in a variety of public policy areas, including affordable housing, education policy, judiciary issues, and banking and economic policy. Heather graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelor's degree in economics and business administration-finance. Heather earned her juris doctorate from the University of Montana School of Law. While in law school, Governor Schweitzer appointed Heather to serve as the student regent on the Montana Board of Regents, the governing body for the Montana University System.
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