City Manager's Office

About The City Manager's Office
The City Manager, appointed by the City Council, is the City's Chief Administrative Officer. The primary responsibilities of the City Manager’s Office include providing for the effective implementation of the City Council’s policies and priorities, coordinating the activities of all city departments and ensuring responsible organizational and fiscal management.

Peter H. Vargas, City Manager
Appointed by the City Council in January 1999, Mr. Vargas is the City’s Chief Administrative Officer. With more than 30 years of municipal experience, Mr. Vargas is responsible for the daily activities and services of the city, as well as implementing policies set by the City Council.

Mr. Vargas and his wife, Cheryl, reside in Allen. They have one daughter.
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Previous Experience:
  • Executive Director - City of Dallas’ Trinity River Corridor Project
  • City Manager - Laredo, Texas
  • Assistant City Manager - Englewood, Colorado
  • Assistant to the City Manager - Arvada, Colorado
Education:
  • MPA, University of Colorado
  • BA, University of Northern Colorado
Council-Manager Form of Government
The council-manager system combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a council or other governing body, with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government manager. The form establishes a representative system where all power is concentrated in the elected council and where the council hires a professionally trained manager to oversee the delivery of public services.

City’s Executive Team
The City Manager appoints a professional staff to help manage the organization. The City’s Executive Management Team includes:
  • City Manager
  • Assistant City Managers
  • Community Development Director
  • City Secretary
  • Community Services Director
  • Engineering Director
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Fire Chief
  • Human Resources Director
  • Information Technology Director
  • Library Director
  • Parks & Recreation Director
  • Police Chief
  • Public & Media Relations Director