Michael John Pantelides became the mayor of the city of Annapolis on
December 2, 2013. Implementing a fresh new approach of how government
should be run, he broke the old mold of how transition teams were
staffed by requesting locals apply and sit on the committees, giving
input at the grassroots level.
He is a fiscal conservative, an environmental advocate, and a champion
of diversity. He successfully passed two budgets with no real estate tax
rate increase, spearheaded a national environmental conference touted
as a model for environmental best practices, and reinvented the city's
Language Bank, made up of 61 residents that speak 23 different
languages, helping individuals to communicate through available
The mayor continues to turn liabilities into assets, most recently
signing the Annapolis Renewable Energy Park lease. This project takes an
old landfill and turns it into a revenue stream for the city,
generating $5 million over the next 20 years. He is also working in
partnership with the federal, state and local government to ensure
funding is put in place to mitigate flooding in Historic Annapolis.
Mayor Pantelides is committed to promoting progress, while preserving
the past. He understands the delicate balance of bringing in the 236
new or expanded businesses since he took office, while ensuring this
historic integrity of the city is not jeopardized.
Mayor Pantelides is active in the community on many levels. He was
recently appointed to serve on Governor Larry Hogan's Workforce
Investment Board (GWIB) focusing on cybersecurity. Pantelides is also a
board member of the 21st century education foundation and the Annapolis
and Anne Arundel County Visitors Bureau.
The mayor actively sits on the
County Executive's Heroin Task Force, the Legislative Committee for the
Maryland Municipal League, and is the past Vice Chair of the Baltimore
Regional Transit board. He is also an Ex Officio member of the National
Sailing Hall of Fame.