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McGee an experienced, courteous, insightful candidate

McGee an experienced, courteous, insightful candidate

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letter to editor

I met Troy McGee while I worked for the City of Helena as City Attorney. Shortly after I started, I served on the City’s interview panel for hiring a new Chief of Police. I was impressed with candidate Troy McGee for his intelligence, sensitivity, decisiveness, and his vision for progress and improvement for the Helena Police Department. He made innovative changes in policing after careful thought and discernment. One change was the subtle adoption of community policing, wherein the officers are trained to be an engaged member of the community and not strangers to its citizens.

I saw Troy remove barriers to hearing-impaired persons needing to communicate with the Law Enforcement Center’s receptionist. Another time he worked effectively with an advocate group for the disabled to improve availability of reserved vehicle parking for the handicapped.

In his hiring practices, he recruited and hired females to join the police department. They were dedicated professionals.

As Chief of Police, and Acting City Manager twice, Troy was respected by city employees, the public and the City Commission because he was thoughtful and balanced in making decisions. Along with his pleasant disposition, Troy is genuine and sincere. He listens respectfully and attentively to get the best information for resolving disputed issues. His decisions are tempered to avoid unnecessary embarrassment, and instead to help others succeed.

For the same reasons that I recommended with the rest of the interview panel for his promotion to Chief of Police, I strongly recommend to my fellow citizens of Helena to select Troy McGee as one of your next City Commissioners.

Sincerely yours,

David L. Nielsen

Helena

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