Fred Allenbrand

John P. St. John Memorial High School
Class of 1951

(May 5, 1933 — Feb. 15, 2002)

Fred joined the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in 1958, not realizing he would rise from deputy to elected sheriff by 1967 and retire in January 2001 as the longest-serving sheriff in the department’s history. During his tenure, the office formed a Civil Service Board and a city and county drug investigation unit, started the county criminalistics laboratory, and opened a new jail. The Johnson County Police Academy was officially authorized in 1973 and the new adult detention center opened in 1988. The Fred Allenbrand Criminal Justice Complex in New Century, Kan., was dedicated in 1999. Fred was listed as No. 16 in Olathe’s 150 Most Notable People in The Olathe News in 2008. It was noted that he oversaw a great deal of modernizing in the office and in county law enforcement in general. He was honored in March 2002 by Rep. Dennis Moore with a tribute in the U.S. House of Representatives.