Brentwood’s first technology director retires after 20 years | Local News

John Allman celebrated his retirement with the city of Brentwood on Friday at an afternoon event at the John P. Holt Brentwood Library.

Allman was hired by the city as a firefighter in 1986. He was twice promoted and achieved the rank of captain in the Brentwood Fire & Rescue Department.

In 1996, while also serving as Fire Chief, he began overseeing the development of technology systems in city operations. Three years later, in 1999, he officially left the fire service to become the city’s first and only director of technology for more than two decades.

“From being a firefighter in the very early days of the fire service to establishing the technology division single-handedly and driving the implementation and expansion of our entire technology footprint here at the City of Brentwood, John’s career at Brentwood has been far-reaching. said City Manager Kirk Bednar. “He was also the driving force behind numerous intergovernmental initiatives that benefited all of Williamson County and beyond. His departure means the loss of one of our truly vital employees and he will be missed.”

Brentwood City Commissioner Anne Dunn, who was unable to attend Friday’s event, echoed those sentiments at Monday’s regular city commission meeting.

“I never imagined the scale of the technology department today,” she said. “I don’t know if we can ever give it enough credit for how it’s evolved over the years.”

Some of Allman’s greatest accomplishments during his tenure with the City of Brentwood included starting the technology department, implementing the city’s first e-mail system in 1991, installing a citywide fiber optic network, and managing the technology design for the new 55,000 square feet major police headquarters and 911 center.

John Allman

John Allman, standing in the back, received a 1994 Medical Service Award for saving a life.

Allman also served as engineering director for the joint radio systems project between Brentwood, Franklin and Williamson County. Other major achievements include being the first Southeast city to install cellular data laptops in police and fire engines. Allman has also served in disaster relief several times to help with emergency communications and has led the city in its cybersecurity efforts.

During his time in the fire service, he received two awards, a lifesaving award for helping save a life and a medical service award in 1994 for another lifesaving rescue.

“I’m looking forward to slowing down and spending more time with my family, including my children and grandchildren,” Allman said.

He also plans to spend more time at his church helping with the audiovisual systems and at the Williamson County Emergency Operations Center as a reserve EMA.

Brentwood employees hired a technology consulting firm to find a new technology director. Sarah VanWormer of the City of Battle Creek, Michigan will begin the City of Brentwood on January 31st. She is a veteran government leader with more than 20 years of experience in city IT and GIS.