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Pantalion taking new job
Thursday, March 7, 2019 by Jo Clifton
Joe Pantalion, who worked for the city of Austin for more than 20 years, retired at the end of February. He told the Austin Monitor Wednesday that he is very excited to be taking a job as assistant city manager in a new city, though he could not tell us which one. He said the city is in the state of Texas and he expects it to make an announcement about his hiring today. The mayor and Council, colleagues and friends will honor Pantalion during the 5:30 p.m. proclamations at City Hall today. Pantalion began working for the city in the Watershed Protection Department in 1997. He managed the creation of the city’s watershed protection plan and when the Watershed Protection Department was combined with the Development Services Department, Pantalion was charged with reorganizing and streamlining development review. Toby Futrell, city manager at the time, then asked Pantalion to set up a one-stop shop for development review and inspection services, another difficult task. After that he became deputy director of the department and ultimately director. Interim City Manager Elaine Hart asked Pantalion to serve as an interim assistant city manager, which he did from August 2017 to January of this year. After City Manager Spencer Cronk announced his choices for assistant city managers, Pantalion returned briefly to the Watershed Protection Department.