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Helena city manager announces resignation

Rachel Harlow-Schalk
Posted at 1:19 PM, Feb 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-18 21:36:35-05

HELENA — Rachel Harlow-Schalk announced that she is resigning her position as Helena’s city manager effective immediately.

The city released a statement on Friday, saying Harlow-Schalk had submitted her resignation.

“Helena is a wonderful community with an excellent team of employees. I wish nothing but the best for its future,” Harlow-Schalk said in the statement.

There is no word at this point on what triggered her abrupt resignation. A city spokesperson told MTN that Harlow-Schalk was not available for additional comment.

Harlow-Schalk spent less than a year and a half with the city. She was selected for the position in August 2020 and officially started work in October 2020.

The city statement praised Harlow-Schalk for her “dedication to the City and diligent work to achieve the priorities of the community,” and for her work on community engagement, fiscal stability and economic development. It also included thanks from the city’s mayor and four commissioners.

“Rachel joined the City during challenging times,” Mayor Wilmot Collins said in the statement. “She repaired strained relationships with the Commission, City staff, and community partners. I wish her well in the next phase of her career.”

This is the latest in a series of changes in Helena’s top administrative post. There have been two permanent city managers and several interim and acting city managers since Ron Alles stepped down in 2018.

Ana Cortez served as city manager from January 2019 to February 2020. She left after reaching a separation agreement with the city.