Al Allen is a native South Carolinian born in Georgetown, SC and raised up in The Bakers Chapel Community of Western Horry County. Al is a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force and S.C. Air National Guard. After his military service and college attendance at The Ohio State University and The Community College of The Air Force, Al chose a career in Law Enforcement which began with the Florence City Police Department then as the Training Officer for The Conway City Police Department and later with The Horry County Sheriff's Office.
He is retired from the Horry County Sheriff's Office and is a Concealed Weapons Permit Instructor. He and his wife, Shanda, started Allen Aviation, Inc. in 2000 which provides aerial application services along with corporate and business flying including aviation consulting. He is a commercial pilot with over 12,000 flight hours in various aircraft. Al is also an Ordained Minister and has been involved in Ministry work for the last 28 years along with being the Chaplin and a past Emergency Medical Technician for the Aynor Volunteer Rescue Squad.
Al is married to Shanda (Hardwick) of Aynor, the couple has two children: Joey and Meagan. He enjoys spending time camping and hiking with his family. Al has been a County Council member since 2007.