MT. VERNON — Ina Chief of Police Travis Allen has announced his intentions to seek the office of Jefferson County Sheriff.
Allen, who worked for the Mt. Vernon Police for three years, has been with the Ina Police Department since 2011. He graduated from Greenville College in 2012 with a master's degree in management.
Allen will be seeking the nomination of the Democrat party. He will be challenging incumbent Roger Mulch and deputy Joey Porter.
“I have been a lifelong resident of Jefferson County and and active member of the community,” Allen stated in a news release.
Allen graduated from Waltonville High School where he met his future wife, Angela (Hobbs) Allen. The Allens have been married for five years and have a 3-year-old son, Jake.
“Over the past few years I have had the chance to work hand in hand with Jefferson County deputies and telecommunicators. They are some of the greatest people I have ever had the privilege of working with and I am very excited about having the possible opportunity to manage such a place,” he stated. “Jefferson County is a place my wife and I have decided to build our home and raise our family. There is no place on earth as special to me as Jefferson County.”
Allen was elected to the Bonnie Village Board in 2010, but had to resign the position when he and his family moved outside of the village.
The 29-year-old Allen supervised 60 employees at DuPoint Pioneer, a production facility in Dahlgren, before accepting the position as Ina Police Chief. Allen supervises three other officers in Ina.
“I believe the sheriff's department needs leadership. Anyone can manage, who has accounting skills or an understanding of business, but they need a leader,” Allen said.