306 East Main

PO Box 1170

East Helena, MT 59635

Call: 406.227.5321

FAX: 406.227.5456

Mayor James Schell


Cell: 465-2921

Home: 227-7044


Having grandparents that settled in the City of East Helena because of the ASARCO smelter, I spent much of my childhood kicking around the streets of the City and in Prickly Pear Creek.


I graduated from Helena High in 1982 and after obtaining my BS in Electronic Engineering Technology at a Technical School in Phoenix I spent the next 9 years traveling Northern California doing telecommunications computer work learning the ropes.


In about 1993, after purchasing a house on Groschell with my wife Marie, I started my own Telecommunications consulting business and traveled to Birmingham, England to put in the UK's first large scale cable telephone system.


Over the next 14 years we worked and lived in various countries, including England, France, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, South Korea, the Philippines, China, and Malaysia, spending time at home here in East Helena when time permitted.


Knowing that the City of East Helena provides a wonderful school system and safe place to raise children, we settled here permanently to raise our two beautiful daughters. I currently work for a Helena small business owner and my wife Marie previously worked for the East Helena school district.


Since 2009 I have been involved in the City of East Helena meetings and boards, including a stint on the City's first Planning Board. In 2011 I ran and was elected for a four year term as a Ward 2 City Councilmember starting in January 2012. Additionally, I have been very active in attending meetings and providing comments on the activities surrounding the ex-ASARCO smelter lands that were turned over and managed by the Montana Environmental Trust Group.


In November 2013 I was elected by the residents of the City of East Helena to serve as their next Mayor. On January 7th, 2014 I was sworn in for a four year term and promise to serve the City residents to the best of my ability.


I am always willing to listen and communicate my opinions with anyone. I urge you to call or email me with any questions or concerns you might have. James Schell - City of East Helena Mayor



Below: On July 15, 2014 the East Helena Train Depot was moved temporarily to EH City Hall.

This slide show  is a record of that move. The slide show will play automatically

or you can use the buttons at the bottom of the photos.