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.

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    ERIC ELLWANGER

    City Manager
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    ERIC STRONG

    Deputy City Manager
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    TIM DENTLER

    Assistant City Manager
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    REBECCA VICE

    Assistant City Manager
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City Manager Eric Ellwanger

Eric was officially hired as City Manager on June 11, 2019. He had served as acting City Manager since May 1, 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.


Deputy City Manager Eric Strong

Eric became Deputy City Manager on Jan. 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


Assistant City Manager Tim Dentler

Tim joined City of Allen in 1995 as Parks and Recreation Superintendent. He later served 16 years as Director of Parks and Recreation before becoming Assistant City Manager in 2019. Tim graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Landscape Architecture.

Departments Supervised

  • Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Facilities Management and Development
  • Library
  • Public & Media Relations


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 of Political Science from University of North Texas and a Master of Public Administration from University of Texas – Arlington.

Departments Supervised

  • Community Enhancement
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Parks & Recreation