OVILLA – The city of Ovilla recently welcomed a new city administrator, Cyndy Powell.

“We were very glad to hear that Ms. Powell accepted our offer to become our next city administrator,” said Ovilla Mayor Richard Dormier. “During our seven-month search we received many applications and interviewed several potential candidates.”  

Powell grew up in Lake Highlands, but said once married she and her husband raised their children in Murphy, a city that is located east of Plano and bordering the city of Wylie.

Powell said she started down the path to her city administrator role by first getting involved in local government and serving on the economic development board in the city of Murphy.

“When I returned to college I pursued my masters in public affairs (MPA),” Powell said, “and received a certificate in local government management from UT-Dallas in 2006. I entered the management intern program at the city of Plano.”

Prior to taking her position with the city of Ovilla, Powell worked with the city of Rosenberg, southwest of Houston, with a population of 32,000. Prior to working in Rosenberg she also worked for the city of Plano.

In Rosenberg, where she was employed for five years, Powell started her career there as the assistant economic development director and then moved into the position of assistant to the city manager in January 2010.

Of her short term goals with Ovilla, Powell explains: “The city will be engaging in the process to develop a five-year strategic plan, which will provide my road map based on the city council’s priorities and objectives. The staff and I will work together to implement the necessary action plans to accomplish both short- term and long-term objectives identified through the strategic planning process.”

As for the long-term objectives she said “the city council’s long-term objectives are my long-term objectives.”

Currently residing in nearby Red Oak, Powell adds, “I am so glad to be here and I am looking forward to serving the council and EDC board as they take the community to its next level.  I am excited about the future of Ovilla.”

She said she is hopeful that her experience in public works, economic development, community development, human resources and budgeting will translate well in Ovilla.  

“We believe she will be an excellent addition to our city and look forward to her leadership as we move forward,” Dormier said.