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
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
“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.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found
First Federal Law Enforcement Agency