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Robert Eddleman, a former Montana Supreme Court candidate who has been in private practice in Billings for the past two years, has been named Carbon County attorney.

Eddleman, 48, will replace Kemp Wilson, who said he is resigning from the position for health reasons. Eddleman will begin his new job in Red Lodge on July 1.

Carbon County Commissioner Albert Brown said Eddleman was selected for the post because he was the only person to file against Wilson for the position that is open on the November ballot.

Wilson had filed for re-election, and his name will appear on the primary ballot. But Wilson said that after he filed to retain his job, he had a medical problem that resulted in his decision to resign and not seek re-election.

"My cardiologist advised me to seek a position that was much less stressful," Wilson said.

Wilson said he will remain active by working part time doing civil work for a Billings law firm. He also has offered to provide civil legal services for Carbon County. Wilson was serving his first four-year term as the Carbon County attorney after he was elected in 2002.

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Eddleman could not be reached for comment.

Eddleman began his legal career in 1995 and was elected Stillwater County attorney the following year. He left that job to run an unsuccessful campaign for the Montana Supreme Court in 2002.

In February 2003, Eddleman was hired as a staff attorney with the Yellowstone County Public Defender Office. He remained at that job until April 2004, when he resigned to open a private practice in Billings.

Eddleman will be paid about $70,000 a year.

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