The City Administration Department implements official policies of the Mayor and City Council by coordinating City services to meet the needs of all who live, work, and play in the City of St. Helens. The professional staff provides support, guidance, communications and leadership to assure that quality municipal services are provided to the members of our community.

The City of St. Helens’ Mission

Adopted on December 21, 2005, the city of St. Helens’ Mission is to provide quality, effective and efficient service to our citizens.  By doing so we will:

  • Develop and preserve the highest possible quality of life for our residents, businesses, and visitors.
  • Provide a safe and healthy environment within a sound economic framework.
  • Provide leadership which is open and responsive to the needs of the community and works for the benefit of all.

Our Responsibilities

Some of the responsibilities of this department include processing Business Licenses, Dog Licenses, Complaint Tracking, Liquor Licenses, Taxicab Driver Permits, Park Use Permits, Special Use Permits, Street Closure Permits, RV Parking Permits, Records Management, Elections Coordination, Employment Openings and Public Records Requests.

Administration Contacts

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    John Walsh

    City Administrator


    City Administrator John Walsh was hired with the City of St. Helens in July 2012. Prior to working in St. Helens, Walsh served three years as city manager for the Southern Oregon community of Myrtle Point. During his tenure there, he addressed many complicated issues, including funding and construction of a wastewater treatment plant, overhauling the city’s Development Code to entice economic development, and promoting community development through building initiatives. Walsh also served in various community development and public works capacities in Centralia and Pacific, Wash.

    Walsh holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Urban Planning from Western Washington University. He is currently completing his Masters in Public Administration at Portland State University.

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    Kathy Payne

    City Recorder


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    Lisa Scholl

    Deputy City Recorder