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/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.

Questions about the budget? Email us at

Public Meetings

View the City Meeting Calendar here.

MyHelena App

Need to report a pothole, down tree, damaged receptacle? There’s an app for that!

Create an account and track your requests or visit The app can be downloaded from iOS App Store or Google Plan. Tickets can also be generated via, too.

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.

For additional ADA information, click here.

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

Contact Us

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


Contact Name



City Manager

Rachel Harlow-Schalk 


Administrative Assistant

Maie Jones 


Special Projects Coordinator

Amanda Opitz


Public Information Officer

Jacob Garcin