Mayor Ed Pawlowski
Ed Pawlowski is a leader with skills honed by experience. A center-city Allentown resident for over a decade, Ed knows first-hand both the struggle and the potential Allentown faces. He cares passionately about the future of the city he chose to make his home.
In 2005, Ed was encouraged to run for mayor by business and community leaders. His supporters were quick to point out that Ed’s leadership and experience were the only hope for a city that had been so recklessly managed for years. Voters in Allentown elected Ed and then showed renewed confidence by re-electing him in November 2009, in November 2013 and for a record fourth consecutive term in November 2017.
The tenure of the Pawlowski administration has been characterized by action, purpose, a strong sense of urgency, and endless energy.
Over the past few years, Ed has worked tirelessly to improve Allentown. A billion dollars in new development projects are planned or underway in every section of our city.
Since his first day as mayor, Ed Pawlowski promised that he would “build a better Allentown” by making City Hall a catalyst for change. He has worked hard to fulfill that promise. The incidence of violent crime has decreased some 50% during Ed's tenure in office.
Ed received his master’s degree in urban planning and public policy from the University of Illinois and his bachelor’s degree from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, where he met his wife, Lisa. They have two children, Mercy, a graduate of William Allen High School now attending college, and Alex, a student at William Allen.