The City of Union has lost its public works director.

Rod McKee, Union’s public works director and assistant city manager, has resigned. McKee, whose resignation took effect June 12, worked for the City of Union for 3-1/2 years.

“We appreciate his years of service to the City of Union,” said Union Mayor Leonard Flint.

Flint said the city council will decide later whether it will seek someone to succeed McKee.

“We will be taking a look at our options,” he said.

The mayor said that the new city administrator, Doug Wiggins, is taking on many of the responsibilities McKee had. Wiggins, who previously was the city administrator for the City of Wheatland, Wyoming, was hired as Union’s city administrator in March.

McKee served as interim city administrator for nine months after Sandra Patterson departed in June 2017. Patterson had served as city administrator for 12 years.

Wiggins said he worked well with McKee and appreciated the help he provided as he stepped into his new job.

McKee operated his own company, McKee Engineering, in Union County for 14 years before taking his job with the City of Union. He was hired to fill a new position in Union and said in a letter provided to all members of the city council on Aug. 25, 2017, that he has faced hostility from some in the community who argued that Union did not need the additional position.

“Some might ask, why do I do it? The simple answer is that I truly enjoy doing what I do. The satisfaction I receive from my job helping the citizens of Union far outweighs those individuals in the community who strive to undermine the position,” McKee wrote.

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