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Supervisors from the state Office of Public Defender will travel from Butte to Billings to oversee operations as the search continues for a new regional administrator, an official with the agency said.

Harry Freebourn, administrative director, said the agency has yet to hire a replacement for Kris Copenhaver, whose last day at the Billings public defender office was Nov. 14. The regional office provides court-appointed attorney services in Yellowstone, Big Horn, Carbon and Stillwater counties.

Copenhaver left the job after two years to enter private practice.

Freebourn said the agency has received some applications for the position, but Randi Hood, the state's chief public defender, has yet to appoint a replacement for Copenhaver.

The agency hopes to have a new regional administrator in the Billings office within a month, he said. In the meantime, supervisors from the agency's main office in Butte will come to Billings to oversee daily operations, Freebourn said.

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