Ovrom replaces Andrew Adelman, a former Crescenta Valley town councilman who stepped down as general manager in September amid allegations that he raped a woman at his apartment.
Prosecutors declined to seek charges after viewing a surveillance video and interviewing witnesses.
Ovrom, who left his Burbank post in March 2003 to head the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency, pledged to restart Villaraigosa’s effort to streamline the building-permit process.
“As a ‘bricks and mortar’ guy, supporting construction has always been my favorite part of my job,” Ovrom said in a statement.
In his nearly 18 years at Burbank City Hall, Ovrom is credited with revitalizing the city after Lockheed and other aerospace industries moved out, leaving thousands of jobs in their wake.
He helped fill the void and boost tax revenue by attracting studio-related businesses and retail hubs such as the Empire Center and Costco.
A park in the South San Fernando District bears his name.