The City of Ovilla operates as a Type A General Law City. In 1996, the City Council, by Ordinance, created the position of City Administrator to oversee the day to day operations of the City. Ordinance Number 2015-018 repealed Chapter 9, Article 9.03 Division 2 of the Code and adopted new provisions in place thereof establishing the office of the City Manager.
The Administration Department maintains administrative responsibility of city management, to include the annual budget, and is responsible for the overall direction of all city employees.
John Dean became city manager of Ovilla on June 12, 2017. Before coming to Ovilla, John served as the city manager for the City of Pilot Point, Texas. He has been in municipal government for ten years serving in Oklahoma and Texas. John is retired from the U.S. Army. He holds a bachelors degree in social science from Campbell University and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma.
John and his wife Sheila have been married for more than 30 years. They had two grown children and four grandchildren.