UNION — The City of Union may be a step away from filling its vacant city administrator/city recorder position.

The Union City Council on Monday voted to accept Mayor Leonard Flint’s recommendation that Doug Wiggins, of Cove, be named Union’s next city administrator/recorder. Wiggins previously was a city administrator in Wheatland, Wyoming.

The council vote means that the City of Union can now begin negotiating a contract with Wiggins. Union has not had a city administer/recorder since June 2017, when Sandra Patterson departed after serving in the position for 12 years. Rod McKee, Union’s assistant city administrator, has served as interim city administrator/recorder since then.

Wiggins was among more than 20 applicants for the position and one of four finalists. Flint recommended Wiggins on the basis of the findings of a four-member search committee, on which Flint served. The mayor said Wiggins has the education and background needed to fulfill the requirements of the position.

Wiggins served as the city administrator of Wheatland, a town of about 3,500, for 2-1/2 years before moving to Cove in 2017. He previously was a police officer in Wheatland for 10 years.

Wiggins grew up in Wyoming and Colorado and graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1995 with an agriculture business degree.