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I am proud to serve as your 2nd District Commissioner. The 2nd District is defined by flourishing communities and neighborhoods, award-winning schools and a vibrant business community. The cities of Shawnee and Lake Quivira and the northern half of Lenexa are included in the 2nd District, along with a small southeast portion of Bonner Springs.
Commissioner's areas of focus
2nd district and county projects
- Third term expires 2021
- Second term, 2013 to 2017
- First term, 2009 to 2013
Board/committee assignments as county commissioner
- Planning Commission
- Transportation Council
- ATA Representative
- MARC - Total Transportation Policy Committee
- Workforce Investment Board
About the commissioner
Commissioner Jim Allen is a 2nd District native – born and reared in Shawnee where he continues to work and live.
He attended elementary and secondary school at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, where he has been a lifelong member, and received degrees from Johnson County Community College (AA degree in 1971), Emporia State University (B.A. degree in 1973), and Rockhurst College (MBA degree in 1978).
Allen retired after serving as a State Farm Insurance agent for 37 years. He served as mayor of Shawnee from 1993-2004 and represented Ward 1 on the Shawnee City Council from 1989-1993 and Ward 4 from 1983-1987.
He has served as chairman of the Board of Directors for the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce. He also was a Grand Knight in the Shawnee Council Knights of Columbus from 1984 to 1986.
Allen and his wife Julie have four sons — Zack, Josh, Nick and Justin, and three grandchildren — Abby, Reese and Flynn.