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KALISPELL -- The former Helena city attorney won't be taking the temporary job as Kalispell city manager after learning he would not be eligible to collect his pension at the same time.

David Nielsen retired as Helena's city attorney last month. He had planned to draw his state pension while working for Kalispell for 150 days until the city could hire as permanent manager.

Kalispell City Attorney Charles Harball said Nielsen was told in November and December that he would be able to draw his pension, but the Public Employee Retirement System contacted him on Wednesday and told him that was incorrect.

Nielsen couldn't be reached for comment.

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Harball said he may end up serving as interim city manager.

Outgoing city manager Jane Howington starts her new job in Rhode Island on Monday.

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