BISMARCK (AP) -- The only director the North Dakota Office of Administrative Hearings has ever had is leaving.

The office provides independent administrative law judges to conduct hearings for state agencies and local entities. Gov. George Sinner appointed Allen Hoberg to head the office when it was created in 1991, and Hoberg was reappointed by former Govs. Ed Schafer and John Hoeven. His current term ends in 2015.

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Hoberg told the Minot Daily News that he's decided to step down early -- in mid-December -- to take a job with a Bismarck law firm as an attorney specializing in agricultural law.