John Allman celebrated his retirement with the town of Brentwood at a day occasion on the John P. Holt Brentwood Library on Friday.
Allman was employed by the town in 1986 as a firefighter. He was promoted twice, incomes the rank of captain with the Brentwood Fireplace & Rescue Division.
In 1996, whereas concurrently serving as hearth captain, he started overseeing the event of expertise techniques in metropolis operations. Three years later, in 1999, he formally moved from the hearth division to turn into the town’s first and solely expertise director for greater than twenty years.
“From being a firefighter within the very first days of the hearth division’s existence, to single handedly beginning the expertise division and driving the implementation and growth of our complete expertise footprint right here with the town of Brentwood, John’s profession in Brentwood has been far reaching,” Metropolis Supervisor Kirk Bednar mentioned. “He has additionally been the driving power behind quite a few intergovernmental initiatives benefitting all of Williamson County and past. His departure means the lack of one among our really foundational employees members, and he can be missed.”
Brentwood Metropolis Commissioner Anne Dunn, who couldn’t attend Friday’s occasion, echoed these sentiments at Monday’s common metropolis fee assembly.
“I by no means envisioned the scope of what the expertise division could be at present,” she mentioned. “I don’t know that we will ever give him sufficient credit score for the way its developed through the years.”
A few of Allman’s greatest achievements whereas with the town of Brentwood included launching the expertise division, implementing the town’s first e-mail system in 1991, putting in a fiber optic community all through the town and managing the expertise design for the brand new 55,000-square-foot police headquarters and 911 middle.
Allman additionally served because the technical lead for the joint radio system challenge between Brentwood, Franklin and Williamson County. Different main accomplishments embrace being the primary metropolis within the Southeast to put in cell knowledge laptops in police and hearth automobiles. Allman additionally deployed a number of occasions on catastrophe response to assist with emergency communications and led the town with its efforts in cybersecurity.
Whereas with the hearth division, he acquired two awards, a Life Saving award for serving to save somebody’s life and a Medical Service award in 1994 for an additional life-saving rescue.
“I’m enthusiastic about slowing down and spending extra time with my household, together with my kids and grandchildren,” Allman mentioned.
He additionally plans to spend extra time at his church serving to with the audio-visual techniques and on the Williamson County Emergency Operations Middle as a reserve EMA.
Brentwood employees employed a expertise consulting firm to assist recruit a brand new expertise director. Sarah VanWormer, from the town of Battle Creek, Michigan, will begin with the town of Brentwood on Jan. 31. She is an skilled authorities chief with greater than 20 years of metropolis IT and GIS expertise.