Retiring Little River Supervisor Virgel Allen

Retiring Little River Supervisor Virgel Allen

Whatever the voters decide in local elections for 2015, one thing is certain:  The Little River District in Floyd County will have a new Supervisor.

Virgel Allen, the current representative of that district, told the Board Tuesday night that he will step down at the end of next year after two terms.  Hospitalized with heart problems last year, Allen said health is the overriding reason for his departure from the board.

At the same time, Realtor Linda DeVito, also an announcer for Floyd County girls’ basketball games on Citizens TV and other events, announced this week that she is seeking election next year as Little River’s new supervisor.

DeVito made the decision before Allen’s announcement and met with the Floyd Press last week. She is running as an independent for a seat on the all-Republican board.

Allen worked for the county for 26 and a half years before stepping down as animal control officer in 2002.  He defeated incumbent supervisor Kerry Whitlock in 2007 GOP canvass and then won a narrow election by 60 votes over Cynthia Babb in the general election later that year.

He ran unopposed for re-election in 2011.

Details on both Allen and DeVito are in today’s Floyd Press.  More here on Linda’s plans Friday.