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Former Friendship Center director being considered for interim Helena city manager

Posted at 6:30 PM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 00:17:33-05

The Helena City Commission will consider hiring former Friendship Center Executive Director Melinda Reed as the interim city manager.

The agenda for the Commission’s Monday Mar. 9 meeting states: “Staff recommends contracting with Melinda Reed to act as the City's Interim City Manager. Staff recommends contracting with Melinda Reed from March 10, 2020, through November 30, 2020 or the Permanent City Manager’s start date, whichever date is sooner.”

Reed served as executive director of the Friendship Center from April 2013 through August 2017.

Former City Manager Ana Cortez resigned from the city manager position on Feb. 6 after working just over a year.

Cortez received a $163,000 payout and a reference letter from the City as part of a mutual agreement.

In January she had been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into a complaint filed against her.