A staff psychologist at Pima Community College hired to deal with troubled students in the wake of the Jan. 8, 2011, shootings is resigning with several months left on his $100,000 contract.

James J. Sanchez, a former Davis-Monthan Air Force Base psychologist whom faculty leaders criticized as ineffectual in his college role, is quitting to return to private practice, the college announced in an email to employees Wednesday.

Sanchez's last day is Friday, almost five months ahead of when his PCC contract expires.

A consultant the college recently hired identified shortcomings in PCC's efforts to address troubling student behavior, an area Sanchez was responsible for.

Jared Lee Loughner was a troubled student at PCC shortly before going on a shooting rampage that killed six people and wounded 13 — including then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords — outside a political event on the northwest side in early 2011.

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