HELENA, Mont.— The City of Helena is pleased to announce that Rebecca Dockter has been hired as its next City Attorney. Dockter, who currently serves as Chief Legal Counsel for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP), will start with the City on May 9.
“I am excited to work for the City of Helena to serve the community that has been my hometown now for 22 years,” says Dockter. “I am personally invested in this place, and now I can be part of a team that ensures it continues to be a great place to live, work, and play.”
In her new role Dockter will oversee the City Attorney’s Office, which serves as legal counsel to the Commission, City Departments, and advisory boards. The Attorney’s Office also prosecutes misdemeanors and City Code violations committed within Helena City limits and provides victim support services.
Dockter has over 20 years’ experience with FWP advising the agency and leading the legal team. She has provided agency legal counsel since 2000 in addition to serving as Chief Legal Counsel since 2011. In 2021, she was awarded Professional of the Year for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies across the country for her leadership role there.
Prior to joining FWP, Dockter was a private practice attorney in Bozeman from 1998-2000.
“Rebecca is a wonderful addition to the City of Helena team,” says Interim City Manager, Tim Burton. “She has an impressive background and is well equipped to lead the Attorney’s Office. Her experience will make her a tremendous asset to the City.”
She graduated from University of North Dakota School (UND) of Law in 1998. Dockter also holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, with a minor in Philosophy, from UND.
Dockter has lived in Helena since 2000, and has raised her son, Greysen Jakes, who attends Helena Middle School, to love his hometown as she does. In her free time, you can find her running the trails of Helena and looking for the Sasquatch in the Helena Parks.