WHITEFISH - It was just about a year ago that the City of Whitefish had a change of the guard, welcoming a new city manager.
Adam Hammatt, a Great Falls native, brought with him more than a decade of experience in local government and he's been putting it to good use.
When Hammatt took the reigns the city was in the process of rebuilding City Hall. Hammatt, who previously served as a village administrator in Wisconsin, might have already been used to the cold weather but it's taken a year to get to know the city.
"We're a happening city and there is a lot of things going on," he said. "When I got out here we were just a few months away from moving into City Hall. So I kind of got thrown into the fire trying to get that wrapped up. I think things turned out really well and we're pleased with the product and 212 parking space structure."
Along with more parking Hammatt also told us when he first took the job one of the top priorities on his agenda was adding more affordable housing. After just about a year on job, he says affordable housing is still the number one issue plaguing the city.
"Affordable housing continues to be the number one priority for the City and I have mentioned this numerous times that, now that all of the stakeholders see this as an important issue, everyone has come together to make this a top priority and not just the city. I think a lot of the responsibility is going to come on the city and that's why we are working hard to push things forward."
Hammatt says there is even a possibility the city could see ground broken on housing projects in 2018.
"That's why we are creating a steering committee. The resolution was approved by the council the beginning of December and they will be appointing the seats for the steering committee to move the process forward."
Hammett's first official day on the job was Feb. 21, 2017. He took over for Chuck Stearns, who had served as city manager for eight years and retired in early March 2017.