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City of Easton

City Government - Mayor Salvatore J. Panto, Jr.
1984 - 1992
2008 - Present

Unopposed in the 2015 election, Mayor Panto began his third consecutive term in January 2016. In the November 2011 he was re-elected Mayor capturing 80% of the votes and sweeping every ward in the city. He also served two terms as Mayor from 1984-1992 when he was elected at the age of 31, the City’s youngest Mayor. He is recognized as a highly effective local government leader and is credited with making Easton a cleaner and safer city. During his recent tenure, he added 11 police officers to the force to meet his goal of a cleaner and safer city.

Mayor Panto and his team are credited with bringing fiscal stability to the city. When he took office in 2008 the city was on the verge of filing for Act 47, the equivalent of bankruptcy with state oversight. At a time when the nation was experiencing the worst recession since the Great Depression, Mayor Panto and his team have had ten straight years with no increase in real estate taxes and have had a year-end surplus all ten years. His financial management has earned the city an increase in its Standard and Poor’s rating from a BBB in 2008 when he took office to an A-

Mayor Sal Panto
Mayor Salvatore J. Panto, Jr.

in 2011 and in 2014 the city’s bond rating to an A+, one of only a few in the entire State of Pennsylvania.

Mayor Panto is also leading an economic development program that is experiencing more than $700 million in public and private investment and the creation of hundreds of new jobs in the city. For the first time in five decades the city’s population is growing.

Sal was recently elected to the position of President of the Pennsylvania Municipal League (PML) for the second time and was a Founder of the PennPRIME municipal insurance trust and served as its first Chairman. He is an elected member of the National League of Cities Board of Directors and is an active member of the United States Conference of Mayors. Panto also serves on the USEPA Local Government Advisory Committee and serves on the Board of Trustees of Easton Hospital.

Mayor Panto earned his Master’s Degree from Lehigh University and his Bachelor’s Degree from Kutztown University. In May 2011 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Public Service from Lafayette College. As a former teacher in the Easton Area School District he was looked upon as being one of the finest. During his 16 years out of office Mayor Panto served in three senior management positions including Chief Administrative Officer of the Charles Chrin Companies; Senior Vice-President of Coordinated Health and Chief Administrative Officer of Strausser Enterprises, Inc.

Mayor Panto has been recognized on numerous occasions for his leadership and commitment to Easton. He is the recipient of many awards and honors; most recently he received the Governor’s Award for Local Government Excellence and the Alumni Award from Kutztown University. Others received include: Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Government Official of the Year Award and the Governor George Wolf Education Award by the Easton Area School District and received the Distinguished Graduate Award from Notre Dame High School. He knows first hand the trials and tribulations of owning a small business. With his father, Sal Sr., they opened Sal’s Meat Market on College Hill in 1976 and enjoyed more than 28 years of success.

Born and raised in the City of Easton, Sal is married to the former Pam Searles. They have four children and five grandchildren. Mayor Panto is approachable, listens to the people and makes people feel genuinely good about their city. With his leadership Easton is becoming a shining star in the region.



Please click HERE to view the Mayor's 2018 State of the City Address.
Please click HERE to view the Mayor's 2018 Budget Message.
Please click HERE to view the Mayor's 2017 Budget Address.
Please click HEREto view Mayor Panto's 2016 Inaugural Address.




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