Welcome to the City Manager's Office


Rachel Harlow-Schalk


The City Manager's Role

The City Manager's Role

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, she appoints and directly supervises the directors of the City's operating departments and oversees the City’s personnel system.

The person in this position 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 Budget is available for viewing here. Please email questions to Budget@helenamt.gov

Public Meetings

View the City Meeting Calendar here.

Be Heard Helena

Be Heard Helena is a public engagement platform designed to provide an opportunity to weigh in on City issues that matter to you. Visit beheardhelena.com/ to join the conversation today.

MyHelena App

Need to report a pothole, down tree, damaged receptacle? There’s an app for that! The app can be downloaded from iOS App Store or Google Plan, or by visiting www.MyHelenaApp.com.

Contact Us

316 North Park Avenue
Helena, MT 59623
Fax: 406-447-8434


Contact Name



City Manager

Rachel Harlow-Schalk



Special Projects Coordinator

Amanda Opitz



Public Information Officer

Jacob Garcin