PEORIA COUNTY, Ill. (WMBD) — The City of Peoria’s 4th District Council Member Andre W. Allen has taken up an additional role with Peoria County as of Monday.

According to a Peoria County press release, Allen has been named Peoria County’s Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Officer.

The DEI officer will be responsible for furthering the objectives of diversity, equity, and inclusion
within the Peoria County organization and the greater community utilizing five essential DEI perspectives:

  • Access and equity
  • Inclusive participation
  • Learning and diversity
  • Community engagement
  • Leadership and commitment

“Andre Allen will be Peoria County’s first Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer,” said Scott Sorrel, Peoria County Administrator. “He brings to this position not only his experience in the DEI realm, but an extensive community engagement background. I look forward to him joining Peoria County’s senior management team.”

In this role, Allen plans to create a sense of belonging for Peoria County employees. Allen believes DEI work is not a destination but a roadmap. He said his experience has afforded him this opportunity.

“I’ve been in a variety of roles in higher education working within the DEI space but then also within student affairs. So, that really prepares you to work with a diverse range of individuals. It really does. I think that my civic and community engagement separated me as well,” said Allen.

Allen said his first order of business is to have a climate survey of the internal employees of the county to see what’s working and how the city can improve its DEI efforts.

Allen is an active member of the Central Illinois community and has participated in a variety of civic engagement and volunteer opportunities, including the Police-Community Relations Advisory Committee, Peoria Public Schools Foundation, Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Peoria Promise Foundation.