Helena advances changes to city departments, including civic center

In a unanimous vote Monday night, Helena’s city commission approved the first passage of an ordinance that would confirm several organizational changes already put in place by the city manager. 

Two changes are only in name: the Administrative Services department would be renamed the Finance Department, and Parks and Recreation would become the Parks, Recreation and Open Lands Department.

Several other departments will see more substantive changes.

Public Works would be operating in two new divisions: Transportation and Public Works. Transportation would deal with streets, snow-plowing, parking and other outward-facing roles while Public Works would deal with water, wastewater and their infrastructure.

Those changes have been in place for the past few months, as City Manager Ana Cortez explained that she has the authority to dictate who reports to who in the city.

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