Steve Allender grew up in Belle Fourche, SD. During and after high school, he held jobs in a gas/service station and an auto parts store. In
1984 he started his career in law enforcement with the Belle Fourche Police Department and in 1985 he moved to Rapid City and began a 29 year stretch there as a patrol officer, detective, sergeant, crime lab director, lieutenant, captain and eventually chief of police from 2007 to 2014. He retired from the Rapid City Police Department after nearly three decades of community service.
In June 2015 Steve was elected mayor of Rapid City after defeating the two-term incumbent. Look for a list of accomplishments and initiatives under the “Momentum” tab on the home page.
Steve has a bachelor’s degree in management and is a graduate of the 219th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Steve is married to his wife of 28 years, Shirley and they have two adult children, Kate and Clark.
Steve enjoys fishing and camping as well as working on old cars.