"C.J. is a good journalist, and he will do great work in his new position at the Tucson Citizen," Star Metro Editor Hipolito R. Corella said.
While the move leaves a void in the Star's current coverage of the Capitol, Corella says the newspaper is searching for a replacement. The post will be filled by a reporter based in Phoenix.
Meanwhile, James Martinez has been promoted to night editor. Martinez is a six-year veteran of the metro desk. Assistant Managing Editor Chuck Kramer officially retires at the end of the month. Reader Advocate Debbie Kornmiller and Assistant Managing Editor Victor Vaughan are helping to fill the void.
Overall, the Star's paid daily circulation as of March stands at 116,460. That's a boost of 757 over the same period a year before. However, it doesn't match the increase accumulated between 2004 and 2005, when the publication jumped by just less than 2,000 in that 12-month window.
Home delivery reached 90,867 and has increased at a rate of about 200 in each of the past two years.
From there, the numbers aren't so good. Single-copy weekday sales were recorded at 15,739, a dip of 863 from the same period last year.
Sunday was even worse. The Star had total sales of 176,863. That's down nearly 2,500 when compared to March 2005. Sunday home delivery figures checked in at 121,997, down 2,257 since 2005 and 3,609 when compared to 2004.
The pre-redesign Tucson Citizen's slide continued. Its March circulation figure was 28,248, down 3,309 since 2005, a decrease of slightly more than 5,000 in just two years.