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Helena City Commission to interview two Finalists for City Manager position

Posted at 5:35 PM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 19:35:16-04

HELENA — This week, the Helena City Commission will host two final candidates for the permanent City Manager position.

This last stage of the hiring process will include a tour of Helena, meetings with Commission-selected community stakeholders and the City Leadership Team and culminate with final interviews with the City Commission. Events will be held over the course of two days— Aug. 14 and 15.

The Commission initially intended to move forward three candidates to the final stage; however, the City was informed this week that one candidate—Kenneth Haskin—withdrew his application. The remaining two candidates are Rachel Harlow-Schalk and Troy Smith.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the public is encouraged to watch the Commission interview candidates via Zoom on Saturday, August 15. Log in information is available below or on the City of Helena calendar at [].

The City received 94 applications for the position, and the Commission interviewed four candidates in the initial phase at public meetings held July 20 & 21.

City Manager Finalists:
Rachel Harlow-Schalk, Deputy Director of Local Government - State of Colorado
Rachel has served in government at both the state and local levels for over 25 years. She has worked for the State of Colorado’s Local Government Center since 2014 as the Deputy Director of Local Government, Deputy Director of Strategic Operations and Finance, and Financial Assistance Director. She also worked for the City of Westminster, Colorado, for over 20 years, where she held several positions, including Senior Projects Officer and Environmental and Administrative Services Officer. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Science in Individualized Studies, Hazardous Waste Management from the Metropolitan State College of Denver, and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Colorado.

Troy Smith, Deputy City Manager - City of Commerce City, CO
Troy has worked in local government and public safety for the past 40 years. He has been with Commerce City since 2013, where he has served as Police Chief and most recently as the Deputy City Manager. He worked in law enforcement in Grand Junction, Colorado, and Thornton County, Colorado, where he held progressively responsible roles, including Deputy Chief of Police of Administration and Operations, Administrative Support Commander, Watch Commander, and Sergeant. He began his public safety career as a patrol officer with the University of Northern Colorado Police Department and Town of Estes Park Police. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Northern Colorado, a Master of Science in Management from Regis University, and he is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session 250 - Quantico, Virginia

Zoom Meeting Details:

When: Aug 15, 2020 09:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Topic: City Commission Permanent City Manager Interviews
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