Manuel Padilla Jr., a native of Southern Arizona, was appointed chief of the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector, federal authorities announced Wednesday.

Padilla has more than 26 years with the Border Patrol, including serving as the Tucson Sector’s acting chief since October 2012. He had become deputy chief in November 2011.

The Tucson Sector has more than 4,500 employees who are responsible for securing 262 miles of the U.S.-Mexican border, extending from the New Mexico state line to the Yuma County line.

Padilla replaced Chief Richard A. Barlow, who accepted a position at Border Patrol Headquarters in Washington, D.C., as chief of Strategic Planning, Policy and Analysis Division.

Read more Thursday in the Arizona Daily Star and on StarNet.