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Allen Simpson is running for Lancaster County Treasurer in the 2018 elections. Simpson, 52, retired recently as the Commander & Comptroller (finance office) of the Nebraska Air National Guard after 30 years of military fiscal management.
He is married to Tonya Simpson and has two daughters and a son: Ashley, Erin, and Jameson. He is also the proud grandfather of Madelynn and Millicent.
“Serving the public is an honor and privilege I have truly enjoyed. My three decades of experience managing public money has thoroughly prepared me for this challenge,” Simpson said. “If elected Lancaster County Treasurer, I will focus on three areas of responsibility: integrity, accountability, and judicious use of tax dollars.”
Simpson was responsible for implementing innovative methods to automate customer transactions by making government financial procedures more effective, thereby saving public funds.
Under Simpson’s leadership in 1996, 2000, 2001, and 2008, his Nebraska finance office was recognized by the National Guard Bureau as the best in the United States for the entire Air National Guard.
Throughout Simpson’s distinguished career as a Commander and Comptroller of the Nebraska Air National Guard, he typically managed federal funding exceeding $50.0M each year. This included military and federal employee payrolls, state cooperative agreements, mission requirements, and daily operational & maintenance funding. In addition, he was responsible for a Management Internal Control Program ensuring government property and resources were used strictly in accordance with laws and regulations.
Earning the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Simpson said integrity is a key component in his leadership philosophy. “As the Commander of the Nebraska Air Guard’s finance office, I was ultimately responsible for being a trusted steward of the public’s money. The fiscal management process I led was thoroughly scrutinized annually at the highest levels of government, including Congress. Our public record reflects that never once was our integrity questioned,” he said. "It’s time to ensure the office of Lancaster County Treasurer earns the same status.”
Simpson’s knowledge in government fiscal issues was instrumental to his selection to the National Guard Bureau Financial Stewardship team, formed to ensure the entire National Guard expanded its judicious financial stewardship of federal tax money throughout all its units in the United States.
Simpson also served as the interim Deputy United States Property and Fiscal Officer for Nebraska, supervising the fiscal procurement of military supplies, services, construction, and architectural & engineering projects. He also served as National Chairman of the Air National Guard Comptroller Advisory Board providing key national-level guidance to field-level comptroller organizations across the country.
Simpson has deployed around the world in support of the Air Force’s mission, including as a member of the 40th Expeditionary Group supporting combat missions into Afghanistan and Iraq in 2004 from his base on the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean.
He is the recipient of three Air Force Meritorious Service Medals, four Air Force Commendation Medals, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and the Nebraska National Guard Emergency Service Medal among numerous other awards and decorations.
Active in the community, Simpson serves as an Assistant Basketball Coach at Lincoln Lutheran High School and also served at the school as a substitute teacher. In addition, he is the President of Laser Inc., a girl’s basketball organization. This non-profit organization’s mission, through the fundamental skills of basketball, is to assist young ladies in developing the lifelong traits of hard work, commitment, teamwork, and self-discipline.
Simpson earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education/Office Administration from Northwest Missouri State University.