New Assistant City Manager Appointed
Joe Pantalion comes to Richardson with 30 years of experience working on issues affecting local governments, most recently with the City of Austin
Richardson City Manager Dan Johnson has appointed Joe Pantalion to serve as Assistant City Manager over Development Services. In his position, Pantalion will oversee the Development Services, Capital Projects/Engineering, Transportation and Mobility, and Health departments.
“We are in the middle of several major development and redevelopment projects, so finding someone who can step right in and get to work was crucial,” Johnson said. “Joe’s decades of experience in both the public and private sector made him a great fit for the position and we are happy to have him join our team here in Richardson.”
Pantalion will begin work in Richardson March 18. In his position he will be responsible for overseeing projects including the Collins/Arapaho Transit-Oriented Development and Innovation District and the ongoing redevelopment of Main Street.
“It is an honor to join Richardson as an Assistant City Manager,” Pantalion said. “In addition to some exciting ongoing projects, Richardson has a reputation of being a leader in infrastructure, development, planning, health, and transportation. I look forward to working with their talented leadership team and staff.”
Pantalion recently retired from the City of Austin with more than 21 years of service. He recently completed a 1 ½-year assignment as the Interim Assistant City Manager over Development Services. In this role, he oversaw the Aviation Department, Development Services Department, Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department, Planning and Zoning Department and Watershed Protection Department. He served as President of the Waller Creek Local Government Corporation and led a multi-departmental team working with the Waller Creek Conservancy on the $350 million economic revitalization and environmental restoration of the Waller Creek District that stretches from Lady Bird Lake to Waterloo Park.
Pantalion joined the City of Austin in 1997 and held a number of key executive leadership roles on major City initiatives. As Director of the Watershed Protection and Development Review Department, he led one of the largest reorganizations in the City’s history involving 10 departments and 500 staff employing change management and customer-focused strategies to establish the first One Stop Shop for development services. He also led the creation of Austin’s first Watershed Protection Master Plan and promoted a culture of excellence and innovation in a newly formed department that is now recognized as one of the best large stormwater programs in the nation.
Prior to his work at the City of Austin, Pantalion spent 10 years in the private sector working as an engineer, project manager and office manager for a large civil and environmental engineering firm. He is a member of the International City/County Management Association, former member of the City’s Environmental Board and a licensed professional engineer with a civil engineering degree from the University of Texas at Austin.