Sal Panto

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Sal Panto
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The current mayor of Easton, Sal Panto Jr.
Panto at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 2010
Mayor of Easton, Pennsylvania
Assumed office
January 2, 2008[1]
Preceded byPhil Mitman[1]
Mayor of Easton, Pennsylvania
In office
Preceded byPhil Mitman[2]
Succeeded byThomas F. Goldsmith
Personal details
BornNovember 29 1951
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Pam Panto
ResidenceEaston, Pennsylvania
Alma materNotre Dame High School (Easton, Pennsylvania)
Lehigh University
Kutztown University

Salvatore "Sal" Panto Jr. (born November 29, 1951) is an American politician, businessman and current Mayor of Easton, Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Democratic Party.[2] Panto is a native of Easton, Pennsylvania.[2]


Panto received a bachelor's degree from Kutztown University in 1973.[2] After completing his undergraduate studies, he taught for several years in the Easton Area School District becoming one of the more popular teachers at the school. Soon thereafter, he obtained a master's degree in administration in 1980 from Lehigh University.[2] In 2011, Lafayette College awarded Panto an Honorary Doctorate in Public Service.

Mayor of Easton (1984-1992)[edit]

In 1983, incumbent Republican Mayor Phil Mitman chose not to seek re-election.[2] Panto, already involved in local preservation and civic efforts, ran for the office, winning election in November 1983.[2] He was recognized as a leader among local government officials and elected to the position of President of the Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities (PLCM). As a Past President of PLCM, he continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Municipal League.[3] He was defeated for re-election in the 1991 mayoral election by Republican Thomas F. Goldsmith.[4]

Private Sector Work[edit]

After his defeat, Panto entered into the private sector, enjoying considerable success and garnering credit for his role in growing several businesses. Panto served in three senior management positions: Chief Administrative Officer of the Charles Chrin Companies, Senior Vice-President of Coordinated Health, and Chief Administrative Officer of Strausser Enterprises, Inc.[5]

Return to Office (2007-Present)[edit]

Incumbent Mayor Phil Mitman once again chose not to run for reelection in 2007.[4] Although enjoying success in the private sector, Panto entered the race to succeed Mitman. [6] He won the Democratic nomination over Michael P. Fleck.[6] His Republican opponent in the general election was Gary Bertsch, a relative newcomer to city politics who had moved to Easton in 2002.[2][6] Panto defeated Bertsch handily by a margin of nearly 2-to-1.[7] He was sworn into office on January 2, 2008.[1]

In 2008, Mayor Panto promoted the restoration of passenger rail service to Easton or Phillipsburg[disambiguation needed] and possibly Allentown or Bethlehem, extending existing NJ Transit service from the Raritan Valley Line.[8]

Easton re-elected Panto to a second consecutive, four-year term in November 2011, defeating Republican Mike Krill in a landslide with 2,513 votes to Krill's 607 votes.[3][9].

Panto's campaign rested on his promise to make Easton "Clean & Safe" and financially solvent. The last seven years has seen a decrease in crime and gang activity coupled with a bond rating that has been increased from a BBB to an A+ rating, one of the few in the State of Pennsylvania. Mayor Panto has also led an economic development program that is experiencing more than $400 million in public and private investment leading to the creation of hundreds of new jobs in the city. Major projects include the adaptive reuse of the former Pomeroy building which has been vacant more than 35 years; Lafayette College’s North Third Street campus; connecting and upgrading the waterfront park to the city’ many streetscape projects; the intermodal/office which will also be home to upscale shopping and the LANTA transit hub; and Silk: A Creative Community.[5]

Panto is active in the United States conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities where he was elected to the Board of Directros;. Governor George Wolf re-appointed him to the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System Board of Directors[5]


The recipient of numerous local and state awards, Panto was born and raised in the City of Easton. Sal is married to the former Pam Searles. They have four children as well as five grandchildren. The couple lives on the city’s South Side where they were both born and raised..[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Phil Mitman Looks Back on Tenure as Easton Mayor". WFMZ. 2007-12-31. Retrieved 2012-04-28.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Ford, William J. (2007-11-03). "Old hand vs. new blood in Easton". The Morning Call. Retrieved 2012-04-29.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Olanoff, Lynn (2012-04-22). "John Callahan, Sal Panto Jr. considering Northampton County executive run". The Express-Times. Retrieved 2012-04-28.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Jordan, Tracy (2007-01-24). "Mitman says he won't seek third term as Easton mayor". The Morning Call. Retrieved 2012-04-29.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 City of Easton. City of Easton Retrieved 29 July 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Jordan, Tracy (2007-05-16). "It's Panto over Fleck in Easton primary". The Morning Call. Retrieved 2012-04-29.
  7. Ford, William J. (2007-11-07). "Democrats win 3 seats, keep firm hold on City Council Dem Sal Panto Jr. reprises role as mayor by defeating Republican Gary Bertsch". The Morning Call. Retrieved 2012-04-29.
  8. Easton Mayor Sal Panto Jr. says rail study 'has holes,' plans own task force Monday, June 07, 2010, By DOUGLAS B. BRILL, The Express-Times
  9. Sieger, Edward (2011-11-08). "Easton Mayor Sal Panto Jr. douses Republican challenger Mike Krill". Retrieved 2012-04-28.

External links[edit]

Created page for Mayor of Easton, Salvatore Panto Jr[edit]

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