Helena City Commission to hold special work session on city manager recruitment

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The Helena City Commission will hold a special work session Monday at 4:30 p.m. to discuss the forthcoming city manager recruitment and selection process.

A press release sent Thursday evening states third-party consultant Communication & Management Services will participate in the work session.

The Helena-based company was hired in November to “provide recruitment and consulting services to the City Commission associated with recruitment and hiring of a City Manager” at the cost of $150 an hour, according to the contract.

The meeting will be held in room 326 of the City-County Building, 316 Park Ave. Those interested can also attend via Zoom (https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84292389187).

Six people have served as city manager or interim city manager since Ron Alles retired in June 2018, after nearly eight years in the position.

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The contract further states CMS will “screen and narrow applicants” and “assist with selection of the City Manager.”

The work includes the creation of a “detailed announcement,” “recruitment plan to generate a sufficient pool of qualified candidates,” and “marketing materials.”

City Commissioner Emily Dean said before the contract’s approval that the decision to continue to include CMS throughout the duration of the

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