Anne Arundel County

Greek ambassador to attend Annapolis mayoral, council inauguration

Greece's ambassador to the United States will top the list of dignitaries who will attend the inauguration of Annapolis mayor-elect Mike Pantelides and the new City Council on Monday afternoon.

Pantelides released a preview of the inaugural program via social media Tuesday afternoon. The event features a lineup of remarks by local politicians and ministers and the administration of the oath of office.


Speeches also will be offered by two high-ranking foreign dignitaries: Christos P. Panagopoulous, Greece's ambassador to the United States, as well as by Neophytos J. Constantinou, counsul for the embassy for the Republic of Cyprus.

Pantelides' grandparents immigrated from Greece and Cyprus in the 1940s.


The event will feature other personal touches from Pantelides, including an invocation from a Greek Orthodox priest and a color guard from the Boy Scouts. Pantelides is an Eagle Scout.

Pantlides is Republican, so there will be many Republicans represented, including Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman and state Sen. Ed Reilly of Crofton, who will be the master of ceremonies.

But one of the state's most powerful Democrats -- House of Delegates Speaker Michael E. Busch -- also will offer remarks.

U.S. Rep. John P. Sarbanes, a Democrat who represents the Annapolis area, and who also has Greek heritage, also will speak at the ceremony.

Joining Pantelides at the inauguration will be the eight members of the city council: Joe Budge, Fred Paone, Rhonda Pindell Charles, Sheila Finlayson, Jared Littmann, Kenneth Kirgy, Ian Pfeiffer and Ross Arnett.

The event will be held at 3 p.m. at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., and is open to the public. RSVPs can be sent to