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Amy Teegarden, Helena director of parks and recreation, announced Monday her intent to retire from the position she has held since since June 2008.

Teegarden spent 21 years with the U.S. Forest Service and worked as a public affairs officer for Helena National Forest prior to joining the Helena parks and recreation department.

“Working as Helena’s director of parks and recreation the last ten and a half years has been an outstanding experience, both professionally and personally,” Teegarden said in her resignation letter Monday. “I have worked with amazing city staff, community organizations, advisory boards and volunteers. Under the guidance and support of past commissions, I am proud of what the department accomplished during my tenure.”

Teegarden’s last day in the office will be Nov. 16, but she will take vacation leave for Thanksgiving week and officially retire Nov. 23.

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“It [is] with sincere appreciation of her over a decade of service to our community that we all wish her well as she leaves us to pursue her next endeavors,” interim city manager Dennis Taylor said of Teegarden in an email to city commissioners. “She leaves a lasting legacy of accomplishments and well-run department to her successor.”

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