Brian Allen, who has led the Gwinnett County Department of Transportation since 1996, announced his retirement as director.
“Brian’s many years of experience have been a tremendous asset to this community, and I believe Gwinnett County is a better place because of him,” said County Administrator Glenn Stephens in Allen’s retirement announcement. Stephens asked Kim Conroy to serve as acting transportation director. Conroy, a 26-year veteran of Gwinnett DOT, has served as deputy director and chief engineer since 2007.
Allen’s retirement was effective last Friday (Sept. 30). During his tenure, Allen oversaw implementation of more than $1 billion in transportation improvements funded through four voter-approved SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) programs. He worked with the Georgia Department of Transportation to complete the $210-million Interstate 85 at State Route 316 interchange under budget and ahead of schedule.
“Over the years, I have had the good fortune to work for many elected and appointed officials who value mobility as a way to improve the quality of life in Gwinnett County,” said Allen in the announcement. “It has been a pleasure working for them and the people of Gwinnett County.”
“Brian’s leadership and strong working relationships with individuals throughout all levels of government have allowed numerous important projects to become reality, making it easier to get around Gwinnett,” Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash said in the announcement. “His contributions to the community will be appreciated for a long time.”
Nash and Allen have a long history of working together starting in 1995 when Nash, who was county administrator at the time, hired Allen away from Newton County to serve as assistant county administrator. Less than a year later, Allen was asked to take over the transportation department.
Allen holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Georgia. His early work experience included a nearly four-year period working for the Georgia Department of Labor before joining Newton County in 1982, serving first as zoning administrator and later as executive assistant. He is active in numerous professional associations and civic organizations.