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Helena City Commission to consider agreement for city manager Cortez to leave position

Posted at 3:21 PM, Jan 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-30 19:39:50-05

HELENA — Helena city leaders have announced a proposed agreement for City Manager Ana Cortez to leave her position.

The Helena City Commission will hold a special meeting Monday afternoon to consider a “mutual agreement to terminate” Cortez’s employment agreement.

The city’s website includes a link to the text of the proposed agreement. It says the city and Cortez “believe it is in the best interest for all involved to mutually agree to terminate the employment agreement and have Cortez separate from her employment with the City.”

According to the agreement, Cortez would submit her resignation on Feb. 5, effective the next day.

Cortez would receive a lump sum payment of around $163,887.51 from the city, covering nine months of salary and benefits as well as accrued time off. The city would also provide her with a reference letter.

Cortez has been on paid administrative leave since Jan. 17, pending an investigation into a complaint filed against her.