Helena City Commission OKs 3-year city manager contract

Nolan Lister

The Helena City Commission unanimously approved an employment agreement with Tim Burton during its Monday evening meeting, ending a more than 12-month search for a full time city manager.

Burton, who has served in the role on an interim basis since March 2022 after the previous City Manager Rachel Harlow-Schalk left the position in February 2022, was signed to a three-year contract at a base annual salary of $180,000.

Burton will also collect a monthly vehicle allowance of $450.

“I really look forward to our continued work with the city commission, with city staff, with our strategic partners and with the citizens of Helena,” Burton said following the 5-0 vote. “You all know we have a heavy workload. The opportunities are tremendous. … I’m just very excited and honored for this appointment.”

It’s sort of a homecoming as Burton served as Helena’s city manager from 2000-2009.

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