The Spirit Lake Tribal Council has confirmed that interim Director of Social Services Paul Hutchinson has been fired.

The Spirit Lake Tribal Council has confirmed that interim Director of Social Services Paul Hutchinson has been fired.

Hutchinson succeeded previous director Mark Little Owl.

The decision was made in a council meeting Monday. His last day will likely be today.

The council members wouldn’t comment on Hutchinson’s firing, but they’ve already chosen a replacement, Robert O’Keefe.

O’Keefe holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of North Dakota.