Casper City Council unanimously chose Assistant City Manager V.H. McDonald as the next city manager Tuesday evening.

"I thank council for the opportunity to continue to serve the city serve the council, serve the community; lead a great staff on the next few years to the good work Casper does and the city does," McDonald said after the vote on the minute action.

McDonald will replace City Manager John Patterson, who announced in May he would be retiring on Nov. 1.

Before the vote, Mayor Charlie Powell announced that Gillette City Administrator Carter Napier had withdrawn his name from consideration on Monday.

According to McDonald's resume, he was named assistant city manager in November 2014, and served as the city's administrative service director before that for 15 years. He was the finance director for Douglas from 1989 through 1998, and was the finance director for Glenrock from January 1986 to August 1987. McDonald is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant, and has served on the boards of the Wyoming Medical Center and the Wyoming Government Investment Fund. He earned a bachelor of science in accounting from the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley in 1983.

The city manager is hired by the council to oversee the departments that perform the city's functions including law enforcement, fire protection, roads, recreation, public health, waste disposal, utilities, and planning and zoning,

McDonald was among five candidates selected by Strategic Government Resources of Keller, Texas, which was hired by council in $27,000 in July.

Chester Nolen, executive vice president of the firm said Sunday that council wanted to move fast by soliciting applications and quickly narrowing that field to five finalists.

Nolen said the firm received nearly 40 applications, and narrowed the field to five finalists.

The other finalists were Wade Farris of Othello, Wash., Tony O’Rourke of Yakima, Wash., and Shawn Kessel of Dickinson N.D.