City Manager's Office

The City Manager is directly responsible to the Mayor and City Council and oversees the day-to-day operation of the City by coordinating all City Department activities and functions. The City Manager’s Office (CMO) executes the policies and objectives of the City Council, handles the general administration of the City assuring an efficient and equitable delivery of City services. The CMO also prepares and oversees the annual budget process, directs Economic Development and Strategic Planning, initiates and develops short and long-term special projects, and manages the city’s inter-governmental relations.

John Cabrales Jr. started with the City of Lake Dallas in July 2017 as the Interim City Manager and was hired at the City Manager in January 2018. Prior to his current role, he worked for the City of Denton where he served for more than 26 years in many positions including Assistant City Manager for approximately 4 ½ years.

John received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Texas (UNT). While in Denton, John was active in the community by participating in the League of United Latin American Citizens Council #4366, United Way of Denton County Board and is a graduate of Leadership Denton. Currently John serves as a board member of the UNT Public Administration Alumni Advisory Board, is a member of the International City/County Management Association, Texas City Managers Association and the Denton Rotary Club. John is married to Richelle, and they have three daughter’s and an adopted daughter that keep them very busy.