Allen hired as new emergency operations manager
On Monday, the city of Burleson announced the hiring of Will Allen as the city’s new Emergency Operations Manager.
Allen will be responsible for the city’s crisis planning, training, exercises and Emergency Operations Center.
In addition to working with the city departments, Allen will also work closely with many community organizations in support of their efforts to assist victims of disasters in the city.
“I’m very excited about becoming a member of the city of Burleson’s team,” Allen said. “What an excellent opportunity to work with our city departments and residents to make Burleson more disaster resilient. I’m looking forward to the journey.”
Allen comes to Burleson after serving as the assistant emergency management coordinator in Collin County. There he was responsible for assisting in developing plans, training, and conducting exercises in preparation for the response and recovery of potential catastrophes in Collin County.
Prior to taking the job in Collin County, Allen worked as a volunteer with the Dallas County Medical Reserve Corps as their steering committee chair. During his four-plus years there, he worked to develop a comprehensive volunteer program that linked local health and medical volunteers with other state and federal agencies. He also built partnerships with other local, state and regional volunteer programs.
During his term as committee chair, Allen guided the preparation and training of the psychological first aid teams that responded to the city of Dallas following the fatal shootings of five police officers on July 6, 2016.
Allen is currently serving his fellow citizens in disaster preparation and response positions.
Allen served for 35 years in the United States Air Force and Air National Guard where he reached the rank of Colonel (retired). During those years of military service, Allen held a wide range of leadership positions that included command of a Dallas-based, Cyber Operations Group, comprised of more than 600 service members that deployed on missions around the world to provide military and civilian telecommunications that met national security objectives.
Allen was tasked with preparing and mobilizing his units to deploy to numerous disasters, including hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and others.
During his military career, he distinguished himself by earning a Legion of Merit, a Meritorious Service Medal, five Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards at three different organizations, and other medals.