John Allman celebrated his retirement with the City of Brentwood at a day occasion on the John P. Holt Brentwood Library on Friday, January 14, 2022. Allman was employed by the City of Brentwood in 1986 as a firefighter. He was promoted twice, incomes the rank of Captain with the Brentwood Fire & Rescue Department. In 1996, whereas concurrently serving as Fire Captain, he started overseeing the event of know-how techniques in metropolis operations. Three years later, in 1999, he formally moved from the Fire Department to turn into the City’s first and solely Technology Director, for greater than the previous 20 years.
City Manager Kirk Bednar mentioned, “from being a firefighter within the very first days of the Fire Department’s existence, to single handedly beginning the Technology Department and driving the implementation and enlargement of our whole know-how footprint right here with the City of Brentwood, John’s profession in Brentwood has been far reaching. He has additionally been the driving power behind quite a few intergovernmental initiatives benefitting all of Williamson County and past. His departure means the loss of one of our really foundational workers members, and he will likely be missed.”
Brentwood City Commissioner Anne Dunn, who couldn’t attend Friday’s occasion, echoed these sentiments at Monday’s common City Commission assembly. “I by no means envisioned the scope of what the Technology Department can be right now. I don’t know that we are able to ever give him sufficient credit score for a way its developed through the years.”
Some of Allman’s greatest achievements whereas at Brentwood embrace launching the know-how division, implementing the town’s first e-mail system in 1991, putting in a fiber optic community all through the town, and managing the know-how design for the brand new 55,000 sq. foot police headquarters and 911 middle. Allman additionally served because the technical lead for the joint radio system venture between Brentwood, Franklin, and Williamson County. Other main accomplishments embrace being the primary metropolis within the southeast to put in cellular information laptops in police and fireplace automobiles. Allman has additionally deployed a number of instances on catastrophe response to assist with emergency communications and has led the town with its efforts in cybersecurity. While with the Fire Department, he acquired two awards. Allman acquired a Life Saving award for serving to save somebody’s life and a Medical Service award in 1994 for one more life-saving rescue. (Photo: Allman is way proper, within the again)
Allman mentioned, “I’m enthusiastic about slowing down and spending extra time with my household, together with my kids and grandchildren.” He additionally plans to spend extra time at his church serving to with the audio- visible techniques and on the Williamson County Emergency Operations Center as a reserve EMA.
Brentwood workers employed a know-how consulting firm to assist recruit a brand new Technology Director. Sarah VanWormer, from the City of Battle Creek, Michigan, will begin with the City of Brentwood on January 31, 2022. She is an skilled authorities chief with greater than twenty years of City IT and GIS expertise.