president and chief administrative officer, R. Luke Lively, to chairman and chief executive officer. He remains president.

Mr. Lively succeeded Larry L. Richardson, who retired Sept. 1 after 25 years at First Virginia.

Mr. Lively, who had been president and CEO of Premier Bank, became president and chief administrative officer of the Abingdon bank in 1997 after its parent bought Bluefield, Va.-based Premier Bankshares. Earlier he was vice president and administrative officer of the Bank of Shawsville, also a subsidiary of Premier Bankshares.

First Virginia Bank-Mountain Empire is a subsidiary of First Virginia Banks Inc. in Falls Church, Va., and has $372 million of assets.

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