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Scheffler Named New CRDA Executive Director

The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) Board of Directors has approved the appointment of Eric Scheffler as its new executive director. Scheffler will replace Sean Pattwell who departed in January.

Scheffler was elected Sheriff of Atlantic County in 2017 and re-elected in 2020. In that capacity, he redirected the mission of the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office to focus on professional development programs that empowered staff to create leaders and resulted in a higher level of both efficiency and professionalism within the department.

Prior to his tenure as Atlantic County Sheriff, Scheffler retired as a Lieutenant with the Atlantic City Police Department with 23 years of service. During his tenure there, he served in both the patrol and training divisions.

“We are pleased to welcome Eric Scheffler to the CRDA executive team,” said CRDA Board Chairman Mo Butler. “Together with our Deputy Executive Director Maisha Moore, this dynamic leadership team will work together to bring a renewed energy to CRDA as we focus on initiatives that will revitalize Atlantic City and the surrounding communities.”

Eric is an Atlantic County native. He was raised in Margate. He and his wife Maria currently reside in Northfield NJ with their family.

All board actions become effective after the Governor’s 10-day veto period.

The CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents since 1984. Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, the CRDA’s mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state’s key economic development agency for Atlantic City. CRDA’s expanded responsibilities now include land use regulation, tourism marketing and clean and safe initiatives. The authority also oversees Historic Boardwalk Hall (the leading entertainment venue of its size in the country) and the Atlantic City Convention Center. In total, CRDA has invested nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide, of which $1.8 billion has been invested in Atlantic City, spurring business investments and expansions, and creating permanent jobs in the process.

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