The Management Team is comprised of all department heads for the City of Shawnee as well as a few other key members of the staff. Each member brings his/her own education, background and experience that makes our team very diverse but well balanced to assist in making important decisions that impact the City of Shawnee.
Dept: City Manager
Position: City Manager
Eric Benson is serving as the interim City Manager effective August, 2018. Look for more information in the future.
Position: Finance Director/City Treasurer
Chance Allison was appointed Finance Director/City Treasurer in June 2018. Mr. Allison has an extensive accounting and finance background including over nine years of service at the firm Finley & Cook. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Professional Accountancy from Oklahoma Baptist University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Dept: City Clerk
Position: City Clerk
More information coming soon.
Position: HR DIRECTOR
More information coming soon.
Dept: Police Department
Position: Police Chief
Chief Wilson has been a member of the Shawnee Police Department since 1989. Chief Wilson started his career as an Animal Welfare Officer and became a Reserve Police Officer. In 1990 he attended the Police Academy and became a patrol officer. Wilson experienced many extra assignments during his career. As a school resource officer, Wilson worked with hundreds of kids at the Washington Alternative School. Wilson became a K9 handler and his K9 partner joined him as they patrolled the halls and grounds of the Washington Academy. Wilson received National training for gang investigations and became a member of the Oklahoma Gangs Investigator’s Association.
Wilson continued his gangs training in locations such as Dallas and Phoenix and became the lead gang investigator and supervised graffiti abatement programs. The graffiti abatement programs placed juvenile offenders in a community service role to remove graffiti from the Shawnee buildings. During the summer breaks from school, Wilson patrolled the Shawnee Twin Lakes by land, and on the water. Wilson promoted to the rank of Corporal and then to Sergeant.
As a Sergeant, Wilson supervised patrol shifts and received more specialized training. Wilson attended the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration (ILEA) in Plano, Texas. Wilson graduated from three courses at ILEA: Basic Supervision, School of Supervision, and Professional Standards Internal Affairs and Ethics. Wilson became the leader of the gang unit, an internal affairs investigator, and supervisor over the fleet. Wilson received his advanced certification from CLEET and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.
As a Lieutenant, Wilson has spent time as a commander of patrol shifts, the gang unit, internal affairs, and the fleet. Wilson completed the Oklahoma New Chief’s Certification. Wilson completed his formal education while working at the police department. Wilson received a Bachelor’s of Public Administration and a second degree in Criminal Justice Administration. In 2013 Wilson attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Wilson Graduated the 253rd Session of the FBI Academy.
In November of 2015 Wilson was honored to be placed as Interim Police Chief. Wilson continued as Interim Chief until May of 2016 when he was hired as the Chief of Police.
Wilson is a member of the Shawnee LIONS, the Oklahoma Gangs Investigator’s Association, the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Chief Wilson is a published author of numerous police training articles.
Dept: Fire Department
Position: Fire Chief
Dru Tischer is currently serving as the Fire Chief for the City of Shawnee. He has served with the City of Shawnee Fire Department since November of 1995 in the positions of Firefighter, Lieutenant, Deputy Fire Marshal and Deputy Fire Chief before promoting to the position of Fire Chief in September of 2015. Chief Tischer has earned Associate Degrees in Municipal Fire Protection and Fire Protection Technology from Oklahoma State University. He is a lifelong resident of Pottawatomie County, growing up and attending school in Tecumseh, OK. Upon graduation from Tecumseh High School in 1991, he enlisted in the United States Army and served as an Infantryman from 1991 to 1995. He is married to Kristi Tischer, formerly of Marion, KY.
DONALD D. LYNCH, C.E.M., M.E.P., O.C.E.M.
Dept: Emergency Management
Position: Emergency Management Director
Donald Lynch is the Emergency Management Director for the City of Shawnee and Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. He administers the community’s emergency and disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery programs, provides for emergency resource assistance and training, and manages the City’s radio and telephone communications systems. Since December 2000, Mr. Lynch has developed close working relationships with emergency officials from within the county and throughout the state, five Native American nations, business and industry, community organizations and volunteer organizations active in disaster, strengthening the partnership for emergency management in Pottawatomie County. Prior to accepting his current position, Mr. Lynch served in various capacities with the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, ranging from Operations Officer to Chief of the Response Division. He also served as Director of Emergency Management for Oklahoma County and as Senior Operations Officer for the Claremore/Rogers County, for the Oklahoma Emergency Management Agency. Additionally, he has ten years of service as a Fire Department Captain and Training Officer for the City of Catoosa, Oklahoma.
Mr. Lynch has worked many local emergencies and 25 Presidentially declared disasters. Following the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, he was instrumental in directing the response and recovery efforts of Oklahoma County. In addition to aiding officials with assessment and repair of county buildings, Mr. Lynch served as a liaison between city, county, tribal, state, and Federal agencies, private sector organizations, and volunteer agencies, assisting with logistics and resources management.
Mr. Lynch is a Past President of the Oklahoma Emergency Management Association. He is a recipient of both the Certified Emergency Manager credential from the International Association of Emergency Managers and the Oklahoma Certified Emergency Manager credential from the Oklahoma Emergency Management Association. He has also been awarded the Master Exercise Practitioner credential from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He was the first person in Oklahoma to receive certificates of completion for both the Professional Development and Applied Practices series of courses conducted by the FEMA.
Mr. Lynch holds both a Master of Public Administration degree with emphasis in emergency management and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma.
He is a member of Catoosa Lodge # 185 A.F. & A.M., Catoosa Chapter # 360 of the Order of Eastern Star, Tulsa Scottish Rite, and Akdar Shrine Temple. He is a member the Legion of Honor of the International Order of DeMolay.
He is a member of the Sine Nomine Choral Society in Shawnee and has twice performed at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Position: Director of Engineering
More information coming soon.
Dept: Utility Department
Position: Utilities Director
More information coming soon.
Dept: Planning-Code Enforcement
Position: Interim Community Development Director
Position: Director of Operations
James has been with the City of Shawnee since March of 1992. He accepted a position as Supervisor in 1994, Superintendent in 1998, Deputy Director of Operations in 2007, Interim Director of Operations in 2008, and Operations Director in 2011. The Director of Operations oversees the Parks Department, Fairview Cemetery, Fleet Maintenance, and Building Maintenance. He currently oversees 23 employees, 11 buildings and growing, all City vehicle and equipment repairs, and ground maintenance and repair of the City Parks, Cemetery, Shawnee Twin Lakes area, and road side mowing. "I have enjoyed my time here with the City and look forward to a few more.
I was born in Shawnee and moved to the Bethel Acres area at a young age. I graduated High School at Bethel and still reside there to this day. I like to ride motorcycles, fish and hunt, camping, and Nascar. My wife, Vonda, and I have three daughters, Kristi, Robyn, and Ashly, all married, and two grandchildren, Tristan and Courtney.
Position: Airport Manager
Bonnie Wilson joined the Shawnee Regional Airport team in January 2018. She served in a variety of positions in the airport management and operations field throughout her career. Beginning as an industry representative for airports in the United States and Canada, then as a member of the executive staff for an airport authority, she started her own consulting firm prior to accepting the position of Airport Manager in Shawnee. She is a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives, a former Committee Chairman with the Transportation Research Board, and active in a variety of aviation industry associations. A graduate of the University of Houston, she holds degrees in History and Public Administration.