Former Atlantic County Sheriff Eric Scheffler.

ATLANTIC CITY – The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority Board of Directors Tuesday approved the appointment of Eric Scheffler as its new executive director. Scheffler will replace Sean Pattwell who left the post in January.

Scheffler was elected as Atlantic County Sheriff in 2017 and was 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 empower staff to create leaders and resulted in a higher level of both efficiency and professionalism within the department.

Before his tenure as Sheriff, Scheffler retired as a lieutenant after 23 years of service with the Atlantic City Police Department, serving in both the Patrol and Training divisions.

“We are pleased to welcome Eric Scheffler to the CRDA executive team,” CRDA Board Chairman Mo Butler said in a release. “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.”

Scheffler was raised in Margate and now lives in Northfield with his wife Maria and their family.

The appointment will become effective after NJ Gov. Phil Murphy’s 10-day veto period.

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Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.