“She was the best person for the job because she had proven that over a long period of time working in this setting. There is no such thing as a ‘no brainer’ when you are hiring people, but Robin was the obvious choice because she had done well and proven herself and showed that she had the talent and capability, along with the qualifications and intangibles, to do that job.
“We were one of the first departments in the state of Texas to hire a female fire chief, but really, that had noting to do with why we hired her.
“Again, she was just the absolute best person for that job.
“In my view, she was the obvious person for the job, bar none.”
Tarver related a story that demonstrates Allen did care more about others than she did herself.
“I had knee surgery in 2010, and my wife went to work and my daughter went to day care, and I was sitting at home alone in my knee brace and Robin came by and rang the doorbell,” Tarver recalled. “She came in just to check on me. She wanted to see the knee, and she sat and talked with me until I had to go to physical therapy.
“But what struck me was she came over in the middle of her busy day to check on a friend.
“That’s the kind of person Robin was. She was thinking about other people. She knew I was home by myself and she wanted to make sure everything was OK. She was just very thoughtful.”
Tarver explained that while Allen always wanted to be involved with what her kids did in the classroom and the ball fields and courts, she was not what you would consider a “helicopter parent.”
“The qualities that she had that made her such a good person was breed into every part of her life,” he said. “She did her job well, she was always involved at school, and anytime there was anything going on with her kids at the school she was there whether it was athletes, awards assemblies or in the classroom.