City Manager and Executive Team

The City Manager is appointed by Allen City Council as Allen's chief administrative officer. The City Manager’s Office effectively implements City Council’s policies and priorities, coordinates activities of all City departments and ensures responsible organizational and fiscal management.

The City Manager also supervises the executive team and has final authority over each City department.

City Manager Eric Ellwanger

Eric has served as acting City Manager since May 1, 2019, guiding Allen through a period of transition following the retirement of longtime City Manager Peter H. Vargas.

Eric was hired as Assistant to the City Manager in 2012, and he promoted to Assistant City Manager in 2014. His municipal service career spans more than 15 years with positions in Plano and Colleyville. Eric holds a Master of Public Administration from University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Arts in Management from University of Houston.

Eric began his career in the private sector as an accountant. He believes his mentoring of local leaders in budgeting, organizational management and fiscal management have helped him prepare for this role.


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Deputy City Manager Eric Strong

Eric became Deputy City Manager on January 7, 2020. Eric previously served as city manager of Richland Hills, Texas. Eric holds a Master of Public Administration from University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University.

Departments Supervised
Community Development, Community Services, Engineering, Finance

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Assistant City Manager Tim Dentler

Prior to becoming Assistant City Manager in 2019, Tim served for 16 years as Director of Parks and Recreation. Tim graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Landscape Architecture.

Departments Supervised

Convention and Visitors Bureau, Library, Parks and Recreation, Public and Media Relations


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Assistant City Manager Rebecca Vice

Rebecca joined the City Manager’s Office in 2013 and later served as Organizational Development and Employee Engagement Administrator. Rebecca holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from University of North Texas and a master’s degree in public administration from University of Texas – Arlington.

Departments Supervised

Community Enhancement, Human Resources, Information Technology


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