Dan Johnson’s 38 years as a public administrator have been served in a variety of capacities in the DFW Metroplex. Prior to his move to Richardson in 1996, Johnson served for 11 years at the City of Carrollton, Texas, including three years as City Manager, and eight years as Deputy City Manager. Earlier service included responsibilities as Director of Regional Services for three years at the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG, D-FW metro area), and he was Budget Officer in Sherman, Texas, for five years.
Johnson was appointed to the position of city manager by the Richardson City Council on June 1, 2012. Prior to serving as city manager, Johnson served as Richardson’s Deputy City Manager from November 7, 1996 until his appointment to city manager. As deputy city manager, Johnson served as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the City, and, as such, has been instrumental in the City’s achievement of a AAA rating from Standard & Poor’s and Aaa from Moody’s, a distinction shared by only four other cities in Texas and 6.4 percent of cities nationwide.
Johnson also played a central role in Richardson’s economic development process through the development of recruitment and support strategies for projects such as the 2 million square feet State Farm Service Hub, the Texas Instruments Wafer Fabrication facility, and the 330-room Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center. Johnson also served as project manager for the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts and Corporate Presentations at Galatyn Park, and led the creation of a 900-acre Richardson Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone to support redevelopment initiatives along Central Expressway and West Spring Valley.
With four DART light rail stations currently serving Richardson, Johnson has also been active in redevelopment initiatives around station-area Transit-Oriented and Mixed-Use Development land uses. Recently he played a lead role in the creation of planned development and Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones (TIRZ) near the Bush Turnpike Station in 2011 and the creation of the 200-acre "CityLine" development.
Johnson has been instrumental in attracting or retaining new headquarters or major operations of leading companies such as Raytheon, Cisco Systems, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Fossil Inc., Metro PCS, VCE, id Software, AT&T, Samsung Telecommunications America, United Health Care, and Digital Realty.
Johnson holds a Bachelors degree in political science from Austin College, and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Texas. He is also a graduate of the Public Executive Institute of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He is a Past-President of the North Texas City Management Association (NTCMA), and a Past-President of the Urban Management Assistants of North Texas (UMANT). He is also a Past Director At-Large of the Texas City Management Association (TCMA) and was the 2013-2014 President of the Texas City Management Association. Johnson was named the “Administrator of the Year” by the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association (TMLDA) and is the 1995 Distinguished Alumni recipient for the Department of Public Administration at the University of North Texas. He is also a Joy Sansom Mentor Award recipient from the UMANT.