Mary Ann Yurkonis, a deputy city attorney for Santa Monica, has been named administrator of the Rent Control Board.
Yurkonis, 39, will start the job in April. The five-member board chose her from a field of six semifinalists.
She was assistant administrator and acting administrator of the rent control agency from late 1979 to late 1980, the early days of Santa Monica's rent control law.
She became a lawyer for the rent control office and in 1984 joined the city attorney's staff.
The board, saying it wanted to move in a "new direction," fired her predecessor, Howell Tumlin, last November. Tumlin had held the job for seven years.
Yurkonis, an Illinois native and graduate of the Peoples College of Law in Los Angeles, said she looked forward to the challenge of administering rent control policies set by the board.