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Mayor of Pilea-Hortiatis is Ignatios Kaitezidis. He holds a Law Degree from Aristotle’s University of Thessaloniki as well as a Master’s Degree in Criminal Law. He has worked as a Lawyer since 1985 and actively participates in the activities and the initiatives of the Committees of Barrister Association of Thessaloniki.
In 1994 he was elected as a Municipal Consultant of Panorama. He was first elected as Mayor of Panorama in 1998 and was then reelected in 2002 with 79,60% of the vote and in 2006 with 74,35%.
After the Kallikratis Reform, in 2010, he was elected as the first Mayor of the newly formed Municipality of Pilea-Hortiatis, based in Panorama with 56,93% of the votes cast. In 2014 he was re-elected for a fifth consecutive tern with a staggering percentage of 64,27%,- one of the most convincing wins in the country.
After the Kleisthenis Reform, in 2019, he was reelected for the sixth consecutive time with an even better result of 70.07%. Ιn the end of 2019 he was elected President of the Regional Union of Municipalities of Central Macedonia with 65% of all votes.
During his terms the municipality has participated in many European Initiatives and Programs as well as in many Development Agencies for Local Authorities.
He is Vice President of Amphictyony, the Network of Twinned Cities for Territorial Cooperation.
He is currently Representative and Responsible for the National Network of Healthy Municipalities-Cities of Northern Greece, which is based in the Municipality of Pilea-Hortiatis.
He is Vice President of the Committee of Institutions and Equality of Central Union of Municipalities of Greece.
Kaitezidis has been honored several times by national Organizations, International Institutions and Mayors of European Cities.
He is married with one son, Orestis, who has graduated from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.