from a BBB in 2008 when he took office to an A- in 2011 and this year Standard & Poor has increased 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 $450 million in public and private investment and the creation of hundreds of new jobs in the city.
Serving as Mayor from 1984-1992 he was elected at the age of 31, the city’s youngest mayor. He was recognized as a leader among local government officials and elected to the position of President of the Pennsylvania Municipal League (PML) and served as the Vice-Chairman of the National League of Cities Environmental Steering Committee. As a Past President of PML he continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the PML. He is an active member of the United States Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities where he was again named to the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Steering Committee and also 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 teacher in the Easton Area School District he was looked upon as being one of the finest. During his time 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 Preservation Government Official of the Year 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 HERE to view Mayor Panto's State of the City Address for 2015.