GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — One of the top officials with the state agency charged with protecting children from abuse and neglect has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Department of Public Health and Human Services spokesman Jon Ebelt tells the Great Falls Tribune (http://gftrib.com/1N3jGee ) that Cory Costello is on leave from her post as field services supervisor for the Division of Child and Family Services. The field services supervisor oversees six regional caseworker supervisors.

Ebelt says the agency is investigating allegations that have been made against Costello. He declined to say what they are.

Costello is based in Great Falls, where she previously served as a regional supervisor.

Costello did not immediately return a Friday morning phone call seeking comment.