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FBI CUTTING 2 TOP JOBS IN MONTANA

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The FBI's two top administrative positions in Montana and their support staff will be eliminated, the head of the FBI's new Montana-Idaho-Utah Division said.

Robert M. Bryant said the positions of special agent-in-charge and an assistant will be cut from the Butte office.The FBI announced last week it was consolidating its Butte and Salt Lake City offices. The Butte office served as headquarters for the Montana-Idaho Division, and employs about 20 people.

Bryant said those who lose their jobs in Butte will be offered FBI jobs in other cities. Two of the three FBI investigating agents stationed in Butte will remain there, he added.

Bryant also said that he has requested three new investigating agents for Montana, to add onto the 21 agents already in the state. He said he did not know where they would be stationed.

Bryant, the special agent-in-charge of the Salt Lake FBI office for the last 3 1/2 years, was in Billings Monday talking with the U.S. attorney and local law enforcement officials about the pending consolidation.