It didn't take the city long to fill departing Deputy City Manager Liz Miller's position.

City Manager Richard Miranda announced Monday the hiring of current Tucson Unified School District general counsel Martha Durkin as the city's new assistant city manager.

Durkin returns to the city after working for TUSD since March 2011.

Durkin has 27 years of local government experience, 20 years with Pima County and seven with the City Attorney's Office.

Miranda said Durkin fits the bill for what he's looking for in an assistant manager.

Durkin assumes her new duties July 1.

Salary details weren't currently available, but city officials said Durkin's pay will be less than Miller's approximately $166,000-a-year salary. Miller submitted her resignation last week.

In her letter, she stated a desire to spend more time with her family as the reason for leaving her position.

Miller's last day is next Friday.

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