Howard Troxler, a Times local columnist for the past four years, was selected Friday as the newspaper's political editor. Troxler's final regularly scheduled column will appear Monday. "Like the rest of our readers, I'm going to miss the column Howard has been writing," said Times Executive Editor Paul Tash. "But the same strengths he brought to the column will make Howard a great political editor, and he'll still write some columns in this new role." Troxler, 36, is a native of Burlington, N.C., and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He began his newspaper career on the Raleigh News & Observer, then became a writer for Tar Heel magazine. In 1982, he joined the staff of the Tampa Tribune, became Tallahassee bureau chief in 1986 and a political columnist in 1988. His first column for the Tribune ran on July 4, 1988; he was hired by the Times in May 1991. Troxler is married to Amy Brillhart Troxler, a video producer. They live in Tampa.