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 40 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.

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  


  • MPA, University of Colorado
  • BA, University of Northern Colorado
  1. Form of Government
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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.