Richard Allan

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Richard Allan
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Pennsylvania Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources
Former officeholder
In office
June 13, 2011 - June 13, 2013
PredecessorCindy Dunn
Base salary$139,250
Elections and appointments
AppointedMarch 23, 2011
Appointed byGov. Tom Corbett (R)
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWilkes University - Wilkes-Barre (1976)
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Richard Allan is a former Pennsylvania Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources. He was nominated by Governor Tom Corbett on March 23, 2011, and unanimously confirmed by the state senate on June 13, 2011. Allan served until June 13, 2013, when he was asked to resign by Corbett, for use of a racial epithet in an email.[1]

The email exchange, which took place May 3, 2013, was between Allan and his wife Patricia, who was then working at the Department of Environmental Protection. His wife wrote in an email that her co-worker, who is black, was showing her "true colors." Allan answered with a single word, "COLORS," in all caps with exclamation points. After finding out about the exchange, the co-worker filed a complaint.[2]


Allan served as vice president and general manager of Allan Industries from 1975 to 1991. From 1991 to 2011 he served as executive director for the Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware members of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, a trade association representing the recycling industry. Allan has also been a consultant to energy producers in the electric, wind, solar and coal sectors.[3]


  • Bachelor of Science, Environmental Sciences/Biology, Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, 1976

Political career

Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources (2011-2013)

Allan served as Pennsylvania Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources from 2011 to June 13, 2013. He was unanimously confirmed by the Pennsylvania State Senate on June 13, 2011.[4]



Allan was nominated as Pennsylvania Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources by Gov. Tom Corbett in March 2011. Corbett stated, "Richard Allan is a proven leader and commands a wealth of knowledge and experience in environmental and energy issues. I am confident that his abilities and background will be a tremendous benefit to DCNR, especially during this critical time in the agency's history."[3]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Cindy Dunn
Pennsylvania Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources
Succeeded by
Ellen Ferretti