Eugene H. Findlay, a retired state administrator who spent six years as executive director of the Utah Department of Transportation, has been appointed the newest member of the City Council.

Findlay, 67, who took the oath of office Sept. 1, replaces Gary Chandler on the council.He will serve for 16 months and then, if he wants to continue in the post, will have to stand for re-election in the fall of 1999.

Chandler, a retired energy industry executive who was elected to the council last November, gave up his seat on Aug. 4 to accept an appointment as South Jordan's city administrator.

The new councilman was selected from a field of 14 candidates, who were interviewed by the City Council during an August council meeting.

Findlay served as executive director of the state's Department of Administrative Services prior to being appointed in 1987 by then-Gov. Norm Bangerter to take the top post at UDOT .

Following his retirement from state service in 1993, he served three years as president of the Texas Houston LDS Mission.

Findlay filed to run for a City Council seat in the last election but later withdrew his candidacy,

A native of Bloomington, Idaho, he received his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University and earned a master's of business administration degree at Arizona State University.