Helena hires new city attorney, community development director

Nolan Lister

The city of Helena announced the hiring of two key positions, city attorney and community development director, during its administrative meeting Wednesday. 

Interim City Manager Tim Burton announced Rebecca Dockter, who currently works as chief legal counsel for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, will begin her tenure as city attorney on May 9. Christopher Brink, who previously worked as the community development director of Pickens County, South Carolina, will take over that position in Helena May 16.

In her new role, Dockter will oversee the city attorney’s office, which serves as legal counsel to the Helena City Commission, city departments and advisory boards. The attorney’s office also prosecutes misdemeanors and city code violations committed within city limits and provides victim support services.

Brink will lead the city’s community development department, including the building and planning divisions.

The building division conducts building and site plan reviews, issues building permits and provides construction inspections. The planning division assists the community with planning, zoning, land use and development matters. The department also oversees the city’s affordable housing trust fund.

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