Brentwood News | Town of Brentwood
John Allman celebrated his retirement with the City of Brentwood at an afternoon event at the John P. Holt Brentwood Library on Friday, January 14, 2022. Allman was hired by the City of Brentwood in 1986 as a firefighter . He was promoted twice, earning the rank of Captain of the Brentwood Fire and Rescue Service. In 1996, while concurrently serving as fire captain, he began overseeing the development of technology systems in city operations. Three years later, in 1999, he officially left the fire department to become the city’s first and only chief technology officer, in more than two decades.
City Manager Kirk Bednar said, “From being a firefighter in the very early days of the fire department’s existence, to single-handedly starting the technology department and leading the implementation and expanding our entire technology footprint here with the City of Brentwood, John’s career in Brentwood has been far-reaching. He has also been the driving force behind many intergovernmental initiatives benefiting all of Williamson County and beyond. His departure means the loss of one of the most important members of our staff, 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 scope of what the technology department would be like today. I don’t know if we can ever give it enough credit for how it has developed over the years.
Some of Allman’s greatest accomplishments in Brentwood include starting the technology department, implementing the city’s first email system in 1991, installing a citywide fiber optic network, and managing the technology design of the new 55,000 square foot police headquarters and 911 center. Allman also served as the technical lead for the joint radio system project between Brentwood, Franklin and Williamson County. Other major accomplishments include being the first city in the Southeast to install mobile data laptops in police and fire vehicles. Allman has also repeatedly deployed to disasters to assist with emergency communications and led the city in its cybersecurity efforts. In the fire department, he received two awards. Allman received a lifesaving award for helping save someone’s life and a medical service award in 1994 for another lifesaving rescue. (Photo: Allman is far right, back)
Allman said, “I’m excited to slow down and spend more time with my family, including my kids and grandkids.” He also plans to spend more time at his church helping with audio visual systems and at the Williamson County Emergency Operations Center as a reserve EMA.
Brentwood staff have hired a technology consulting firm to help recruit a new chief technology officer. Sarah VanWormer, of the City of Battle Creek, Michigan, will begin with the City of Brentwood on January 31, 2022. She is an experienced government leader with over twenty years of city IT and GIS experience.