CRDA names new executive director

The state Casino Reinvestment Development Authority announced that its executive director would be leaving for the private sector, and named a replacement.

In a series of tweets Tuesday, the CRDA said Christopher Howard will leave no later than July 1 to pursue opportunities in the private sector. Deputy Executive Director Matthew Doherty will succeed Howard, the agency said.

“Chris Howard certainly left his mark on Atlantic City, and his leadership and management will be sorely missed,” CRDA Chairman Robert Mulcahy said in a statement. “We wish him the best in his future endeavors.

“At the same time, the board welcomes Matt Doherty to the CRDA with open arms.”

Howard joined the CRDA as deputy executive director in July 2016 and was named to the top post in January 2017. Before joining the CRDA, he served as associate counsel in the Governor’s Authorities Unit.

Doherty had just joined the CRDA as deputy executive director earlier this month. He had been serving as mayor of Belmar.