Michael John Pantelides became the Mayor of Annapolis on December 2, 2013. In his first 18 months as Mayor, Pantelides eliminated an inherited $7.5 million deficit by making tough decisions. The Mayor has made and kept his pledge of fiscal responsibility by passing two budgets that did not raise the property tax rate while reducing solid waste fees by 15% for two fiscal years in a row.
With his background in the private sector, Pantelides has kept the balance of bringing in 195 new and/or expanded businesses into Annapolis while ensuring the historic integrity, environmental safeguards and quality of life.
Mayor Pantelides continues exploring new opportunities for Annapolis while gaining the approval for the upcoming Annapolis Renewable Energy Park. This solar project takes a closed landfill and turns it into a revenue stream for the city by generating 45-60 jobs and $5 million dollars over the next 20 years. The Mayor recently spearheaded a national environmental conference touted as a model for environmental best practices. He’s been working directly with the federal, state and county leaders creating a partnership to help the city address its flooding, parking and traffic challenges.
As a champion of diversity and accessibility the Mayor created the position of Hispanic Liaison and holds a monthly “Open Door” where any citizen can see him without an appointment. Pantelides’ passion for improving the City of Annapolis is demonstrated in his many roles within our community. The Mayor serves on the Board of both the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Visitors Bureau. Pantelides also sits on the Anne Arundel County Heroin Action Taskforce, the Legislative Committee for the Maryland Municipal League as well as the 21St Century Education Foundation.