Michael John Pantelides became the Mayor of Annapolis on December 2, 2013. Since entering office, Mayor Pantelides has focused on improving public safety, financial stability, economic development, environmental stability and putting Annapolitans first.
A fiscally responsible leader, environmental advocate, and a champion of public safety, Mayor Pantelides inherited a $7.3 million deficit, and a struggling downtown economy. Pantelides took his knowledge and experience as a lifelong Annapolitan to eliminate the deficit and to tighten the belt on city spending. Through this he was able to revitalize the downtown community by engaging with potential property investors, entrepreneurs and residents to restore city assets including the City Dock bulkhead, the former Stevens Hardware and the old Fawcetts building.
Pantelides knows that Annapolis’ greatest resource are its citizens. In order to keep that resource we must continue to grow our community while maintaining its historic identity. That is why under Pantelides’ leadership over 400 businesses have expanded or opened since he took office.
When faced with a rise in crime Pantelides responded immediately. Working in a bipartisan fashion, he was able to secure $1.25 million in funding to hire more officers to patrol our streets, fight the opioid epidemic, while installing additional security cameras to monitor and protect the residents and assets of the City of Annapolis..
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 and job generator for the city, generating $5 million and dozens of jobs over the next 20 years. He is also working in partnership with federal and state agencies, most recently securing $1 million from Governor Larry Hogan to ensure funding is dedicated to mitigate flooding in Historic Annapolis.
Mayor Pantelides is active in the community on many levels. He was appointed to serve on Governor Larry Hogan’s Workforce Development Board (GWDB) focusing on developing policies and strategies to better form a workforce system from a variety of education, employment and training programs. 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. Mayor Pantelides is also an Eagle Scout.