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About Stephen J. Allan

Learn more about Stephen J. Allan and how he and his company can help you.


As of January 2019, Steve Allan will have been working, in one capacity or another, with local government for 43 years.  Prior to establishing Solutions for Local Government, he spent more than 18 years as a partner with national consulting, design, and planning firms. He  provided consulting services to local governments in more than 40 jurisdictions in 22 states throughout the U.S. While he has extensive experience in space planning and operations consulting, his project accomplishments have ranged from the facilitation of small community focus groups to the development and management of multimillion-dollar public construction projects.

Steve Allan

Prior to his private sector experience, he spent ten years in various positions with local government: teacher, parole officer, detention facility administrator, trainer, and department manager with a large metropolitan county in the southeast. During the latter part of his tenure in local government, he also served as an adjunct instructor to the U.S. Department of Justice/National Institute of Corrections.

He has achieved A.A.S. and B.S. degrees in engineering and education respectively from the State University of New York, and an M.S. Degree from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. His belief that one never stops learning is evidenced by his own ongoing educational endeavors via course work in public administration and management from the University of Southern California and Michigan State University.

His professional affiliations and memberships include:

  • World Future Society
  • National Sheriff's Association
  • International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
  • American Planning Association
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

In his home state of North Carolina, he actively participates with and supports the:

  • North Carolina Sheriff's Association
  • North Carolina Association of County Commissioners
  • North Carolina League of Municipalities
  • North Carolina City/County Managers Association

Steve formed Solutions for Local Government after observing, over the years, how continuously increasing corporate overhead, private sector bureaucracy, and the clamor for increasing profit ratios were having a greater impact and taking more time and energy from individuals such as himself in their efforts to deliver reasonably priced, high-quality, professional services to local governments. Many of these local governments simply could not increase their "billing rates" each year in order to continue to provide their services to more and more people or to pay for improvements that were needed. Just as function must drive design, so too must relationships drive service. As Steve has often stated, "the highest level of mutual success will be the result of the relationships we establish with one another; relationships which are based on integrity, responsiveness, and commitment to goal achievement."