The Western Regional Public Defender's Office in Garden City will be looking to fill an attorney position in the wake of the death of Chief Public Defender Ronald Evans.

Evans, 61, died unexpectedly May 3 of natural causes, according to a statement released Wednesday by the public defender's office.

With Evans’ death, there is only one attorney in the public defender’s office serving Garden City.

Pat Scalia, executive director of the Kansas State Board of Indigent Defense Services, which oversees public defender offices around the state, said Thursday that Evans' immediate case work has been reassigned. She said the chief defender position "will be posted for application among well-qualified current defense attorneys and then posted for application among well-qualified private attorneys."

Evans, who has been serving in the local public defender's office since August 2015, previously held the position of chief of the Death Penalty Unit in Topeka.