Insurance executive will lead Casino Reinvestment agency

March 17, 2022 GMT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy has named a longtime insurance industry executive to head the state agency tasked with helping to redevelop Atlantic City using reinvested casino money.

Sean Pattwell was appointed executive director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority on Thursday, two days after the Middletown resident was unanimously approved for the job by the CRDA’s board of directors. He replaces Monica de los Rios, who had been serving as the agency’s interim executive director since Matthew Doherty stepped down in January to take a job in the private sector.

The agency runs on payments that casinos are required to make toward projects to benefit the city. Those payments used to be disbursed to projects across the state but have recently been targeted for Atlantic City.

The agency also shares some planning and zoning authority with the city, particularly on large projects.