The new chief of the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector is Randy Hill from the El Paso Sector, the agency made official this week.

Hill replaces Victor Manjarrez Jr., who left the post recently after just nine months due to personal reasons, according to Border Patrol spokesman Lloyd Easterling. The agency has not said whether he'll be reassigned or why he left, saying it will not elaborate "out of respect for his privacy."

Hill becomes the third consecutive Tucson Sector chief to come from the same position in the El Paso Sector. Manjarrez and his predecessor, Robert W. Gilbert, were also El Paso Sector chiefs.

The Star first reported that Hill would get the job last week.

Hill had been the El Paso Sector chief since August of this year, according to a Del Rio News-Herald newspaper story. Before that, he was the Del Rio Sector chief dating to November 2005. He began his Border Patrol career in Las Cruces, N.M., in 1978, the story says.

Manjarrez, a Tucson native and graduate of Sunnyside High School and the University of Arizona, became the Tucson Sector chief in February. His nine-month stint is the shortest of any Tucson Sector chief who has held the position since 1955. The shortest tenure before his was the two years Bruce Long spent as chief from June 1964 to July 1966, Border Patrol records show.

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