Councilmember, Place 3
Jerry W. Allen has invested more than 20 years of his life representing the Burleson community through participation in city government and volunteering his time and efforts in a wide variety of community initiatives. He served on the Planning and Zoning Commission from 1991 through 1998 (chairman, 1996-1998). Mr. Allen was appointed to the Burleson City Council in 1998 to fill the seat of Byron Black, who had been elected mayor. Councilmember Allen was elected mayor pro tem by his peers and served in that capacity, 2000-2007. Due to business travel responsibilities, he stepped down from council in 2007.
Upon completion of his service, the Burleson City Council recognized Councilman Allen by creating the Jerry Allen Award for Excellence in Community Improvement to recognize individuals, businesses or organizations that go to extraordinary lengths to improve the Burleson community. Councilman Allen was the recipient of the inaugural award.
In 2008, Councilmember Allen retired from Lockheed Martin Corporation. He had spent more than 33 years working for Lockheed – the last eight years as a corporate employee for LM Corporate Internal Audit. In 2010, Allen started a real estate investment company, REAL-T Investments LLC, and serves as president.
Mr. Allen returned to the Planning and Zoning Commission in 2010 and served until he was elected to Place 3 on the city council in June 2011. He was re-elected for another 2-year term in 2013. “I can’t thank the citizens of Burleson enough for the support they have given me over the past 20+ years. I pledge to continue working for responsible government and to improve the economic vitality of our community,” Allen said. “We will work to attract new employers to Burleson to provide quality jobs, work to retain our strong business base and I will do all I can to position Burleson for future growth and development.”
Councilmember Allen is a graduate of Mitchell County High School in Camilla, Ga. He earned a bachelor of business administration in management from Northwood University. Allen currently serves as a founding board member of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Johnson County where he served as director for more than seven years; past director and former treasurer of the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce; past director of the North Texas Clean Air Coalition; and past director of the Habitat for Humanity of Johnson County.
Allen moved to Burleson in 1989 after marrying his beautiful wife, Ginger, who recently retired with 34 years of service with the City of Burleson. They enjoy their four children, 11 grandchildren and multiple foreign exchange students.