eight 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- in 2011 and in 2014the 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 $450 million in public and private investment and the creation of hundreds of new jobs in the city. For the first time in decades the city’s population is growing.
He was elected to the position of President of the Pennsylvania Municipal League (PML) where he still serves as a Past President on the Board of Directors. Mayor Panto was a Founder of the PennPRIME municipal insurance trust and served as its first Chairman. He is an active member of the United States Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities where he serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Steering Committee. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Easton Hospital and is involved in several other organizations.
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 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Government Official of the Year Award and the UNICO Public Service Award. He also 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 HEREto view Mayor Panto's 2016 Inaugural Address.