Dave Shafer

Councilmember Place No. 5 (Term 2021-2024)

Councilmember Dave Shafer believes City leadership is the foundation on which we build our communities. He seeks to serve solely at the will and discretion of Allen residents and keeps Allen residents at the forefront of his mind with every decision he makes on the dais. As founder and sole owner of the private investigations firm Preferred Intelligence, Dave understands the importance of small business, especially for a city such as Allen. Choosing the difficult and sometimes unpopular professional specialty of criminal defense, Dave understands the need to uphold and protect the constitutional rights of all, regardless of circumstance. These are just some of the principles which guide Dave on a daily basis.

An Allen resident for over 20 years, Dave takes pride in the safety and small-town feel of the city as well as Allen’s excellent school system. Dave wants Allen to remain “large enough for people to gain new friends, but small enough to still run into old friends and be on a first name basis with city leaders." In addition to City Council, Dave serves as an at-large Director for the Texas Association of Licensed Investigators (TALI), where he serves as liaison to the Ethics, Commendations and TBCI Committees, as well as Sergeant at Arms for the board. Beyond state required licensure for his profession, Dave holds a Texas Board Certified Investigator (TBCI) designation from TALI, as well as the nationally recognized Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator (CCDI) designation from the Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council (CDITC).


Appointed by Mayor unless otherwise noted

  • Animal Shelter Advisory Committee - Council Liaison
  • Convention & Visitors Bureau Advisory Board - Council Liaison/Voting Member
  • Library Board - Council Liaison
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Contact Dave Shafer

Phone: 214.509.4125
Fax: 214.509.4118