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From left, Richard Fry and Alvin Loveless have accepted positions in McKean County. Fry will be the county’s planning director, while Loveless takes over the role of veterans affairs director. Photo by Fran De Lancey

SMETHPORT — Richard M. Fry of Roulette has been tapped by McKean County Commissioners to fill the role of the McKean County Planning Director, while McKean County has named Alvin D. Loveless of Smethport as the new Director of Veterans Affairs.

Fry is a 2008 graduate of Port Allegany High School and a 2012 Seton Hill University graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in history. He served in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard for nine years and currently holds the rank of Captain.

Fry has been employed by McKean County Children and Youth Services since 2016 and began his role as Planning Director on Monday.

As Planning Director, Fry is tasked with serving the 22 municipalities in the county, overseeing the economic development initiatives and continuing projects established in the McKean County Comprehensive Plan.

“The role of Planning Director is a multifaceted position, and I am looking forward to the challenge,” said Fry. “I will be working closely with local and regional partners to develop projects and secure funding for the economic benefit and improvement of our communities.”

At the bi-monthly commissioners’ meeting, Fry was also named to the board of The North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission. His office is located in a county annex building on Route 6.

Loveless is a 2006 graduate of Port Allegany High School. He enlisted in the Pennsylvania National Guard during his junior year of high school. Loveless served with C Company 1/112th Infantry out of Lewis Run and was deployed on several federal and state missions, including a deployment to Iraq from 2008 to 2009.

Loveless was honorably discharged from the Pa. National Guard in August 2018. He began his tenure with McKean County in 2019 as a corrections officer at the McKean County Jail.

Loveless began his duties as the Veterans Affairs Director on Aug. 24. His office assists veterans and their families with benefits including healthcare, compensation for service related disabilities and pensions. Veterans Affairs is also available to assist families with death benefits and burials.

“I have a passion for serving our veterans and families in McKean County and am pleased to be afforded this opportunity,” Loveless said. “One of my priorities will be upgrading processes to utilize electronic filings to streamline the claims process.”

The Veterans Affairs office is located on the first floor of the McKean County Courthouse, with hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Veterans and their families are encouraged to make an appointment, although walk-ins are welcome also. The Veterans Affairs office also provides services in Bradford at the Veterans Administration office on Monday mornings.