The Marana Unified School District governing board on Thursday, June 12, selected Doug Wilson, a school administrator from Colorado, as the new superintendent for the district.

Wilson was approved by a 3-0 vote and will begin his job on July 1.

Wilson previously was assistant superintendent of human resources for Pueblo City Schools in Pueblo, Colo., and superintendent of Agua Fria Union High School in Avondale, Ariz.

Wilson beat out the other contender for the job, former Tucson Unified School District Deputy Superintendent Patricia Lopez.

Marana governing board members John Lewandowsku and Patricia Teager did not attend the meeting.

Wilson will begin his position at a salary of $125,000, according to district spokeswoman Tamara Crawley.

Outgoing superintendent Dennis Dearden announced earlier this year that he would leave the position after serving three years.

“He seemed to fit our strengths and our culture better than the others,” board President Dan Post said of Wilson.

Post added that the in-house search for a superintendent didn’t cost the district any additional money.

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