Just how impressive was the late Joseph J. Mauro’s service as a city employee?
Mauro, who passed away on Jan. 2 at the age of 86, was employed by the city for 52 years in two vastly different roles. For the first 29 years, he served as a member of the police department; for the remaining 23 years he was the city clerk.
Mauro’s service to the city was publicly celebrated in a resolution adopted by City Council Wednesday night.
“He was a dedicated, faithful city employee and citizen,” Mayor Sal Panto Jr. said upon presenting a framed copy of the resolution to members of Mauro’s family in attendance.
Panto recalled how Mauro greatly helped guide him during his first stint as mayor from 1984-1992.
“He had a remarkable knowledge of the city and helped me learn a lot as a new mayor,” Panto said “I just loved the man.”
Mauro, an Easton native, served in the Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater.
He began his employment with the city in 1943 when he was appointed to the police department. He was appointed clerk in 1972 and served in that position until his retirement in 1995.
Mauro was active in the community as a church member and volunteer. He was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Church, Fraternal Order of Police and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He volunteered for various local organizations and was a recipient of the Merit Award from the Easton Lions Club.
He is survived by his wife, five children, one of whom works for the City of Easton, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.