Scranton, PA – United States Marshal Martin J. Pane announced today that effective June 30, 2022, he is retiring from the U.S. Marshals Service.
Pane served as Acting and U.S. Marshal for over 11 years. He is the first U.S. Marshal in the Middle District of Pennsylvania who meritoriously competed, promoted, and served in every career rank position in the field prior to becoming Marshal in 2011. His ranks included, Deputy U.S. Marshal, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal, Inspector, Assistant Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal, Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal and Acting U.S. Marshal.
A native of Lackawanna County, Pane began his career in 1988 as a Deputy U.S. Marshal in the District of New Jersey, Newark Division. In 1992, he transferred to the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Scranton Office.
Throughout Pane's career, he has maintained a very strong working relationship with the federal Judiciary and federal, state, and local law enforcement. As Marshal, Pane acted as executive manager overseeing approximately 100 personnel within the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Administering a budget of approximately $5,000,000.00, he was responsible for coordinating with federal, state, and local law enforcement agency heads directing operations related to fugitive apprehension; the protection of the Federal Judiciary; custodial care of remanded defendants; enforcement of the Adam Walsh Act targeting sex offenders and Megan’s Law violators and managing seized and forfeited property.
In 2016, under his leadership as Marshal, the Middle District of Pennsylvania received the U.S. Marshals Service District of the Year Award, a feat that has occurred only two times in the 121-year history of the District. In 2020, the Director of the U.S. Marshals Service awarded him the U.S. Marshals Service Distinguished Service award, the highest award that can be bestowed on an employee. Pane is the only operational employee within the Middle District to have ever received this award.
As a Deputy United States Marshal and a member of the Marshals Service Special Operations Group (SOG), Pane participated in many landmark events throughout the past three decades. These included safeguarding the prosecutions of USA v General Manuel Noriega, the former president of Panama; USA v Timothy McVeigh, Oklahoma Federal Building bomber, USA v Ramzi Yousef et. al., masterminds of the 1993 WTC bombing, numerous organized crime trials, enforcing Martial Law at the 1992 Los Angeles Riots and providing Hurricane Marilyn disaster relief in 1995 to the U.S. Virgin Islands. He also performed numerous protection details for the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Deputy Attorney General, and the U.S. Drug Czar.
On a national level, Pane's duties and responsibilities included serving as a member of the U.S. Marshals Service Human Resources Advisory Board advising the Director of the Marshals Service on Merit Promotion and Hiring Practices. He also served as the U.S. Marshals Service Agency Grievance Official ensuring employees had a fair and impartial review and as a U.S. Marshals Service Agency Deciding Official rendering discipline decisions on personnel after Office of Professional Responsibility analysis. He was also a panel member conducting interviews for candidates of the United States Military Service Academies and made recommendations to U.S. Senators.
Pane stated, "Having worked in 5 different decades, I have seen and participated in many significant events throughout this great nation and abroad and drawn from those experiences to provide the leadership necessary to ensure my staff, the Court and the public we serve were properly cared for. While I have been around some of the worst our society has to offer, the overall professionalism displayed in our federal judicial system has strengthened my beliefs that, our criminal system, while not perfect, is overwhelmingly trustworthy and fair, the envy of the world and we should be thankful."
Pane stated, "I am grateful to U.S. Senators Casey and Toomey for the opportunity to have served as U.S. Marshal. I am also equally grateful to have served as a career employee caring deeply for our community and Court. The women and men in the Marshals Service and our Fugitive Task Force partners risk their lives every day to ensure the protection of the Federal Judiciary, the safe custodial care of remanded defendants and the apprehension of fugitives who attempt to flee and deny victims justice. We must never forget there is a cost to safeguard freedom as lives have been lost to ensure justice was served, we owe a debt to those that have put themselves in harm's way."
Chief U.S. District Judge Matthew W. Brann stated, "Marshal Pane's service to our Court has been exemplary. He has demonstrated the highest level of professionalism at all times. Marshal Pane's knowledge and balanced approach to sensitive matters has certainly proven to be an asset to our District. He will be greatly missed."
"Martin Pane's remarkable career exemplifies the Marshals Service's motto, 'Justice, Integrity, Service'," said U.S. Attorney John C. Gurganus. “He has served the United States and the citizens of Pennsylvania over a distinguished 34-year career marked by sound judgment, integrity, and unwavering dedication. We are grateful to have benefited from his expertise and leadership and will sorely miss his steadying presence in our law enforcement community."
While not determined at this time, it is Marshal Pane's intent to continue public service within the Commonwealth. Marshal Pane is available for follow-up interviews by members of the media. He may be reached at 570-346-7277 x3226.