The Helena City Commission on Monday selected Andy Shirtliff to fill a vacant commission seat.
The vote was 4-0 even though earlier in the evening Commissioner Sean Logan said he favored Troy McGee, who was the other finalist.
The seat vacated by Eric Feaver, who at age 77 died of natural causes in June, will be filled by Shirtliff until Jan. 1, 2024.
Shirtliff works as a business engagement specialist at the Montana Department of Labor and Industry and previously held other jobs in state government and with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
A special meeting was scheduled ahead of the commission’s regular Monday meeting to finish the commissioners’ deliberations.
“In the interest of finding middle ground, I believe Mr. Shirtliff will likely be the best path forward,” City Commissioner Emily Dean said during the continued deliberations.
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Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins said both Shirtliff and McGee “are capable and would make a great commissioner.”
After the unanimous vote during the regular meeting, Municipal Court Judge Anne Peterson administered the oath