Matt Doherty is the new executive director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA). Sources say that Doherty, the Mayor of Belmar, will be approved by the CRDA board today for the number one job, replacing Christoper Howard. The Belmar mayor started at CRDA two weeks ago as the deputy executive director.
Howard will depart by July 1, 2018 to pursue other career opportunities.
Doherty will earn the same salary as Howard.
“When Mr. Doherty starts his new position as Executive Director, his salary will be $175,000 per year,” Karen Martin, the CRDA communications manager, told the New Jersey Globe.
Doherty is expected to resign as mayor so that Councilman Brian Magovern can run for mayor in November as an incumbent.
Last month, Doherty said that Gov. Phil Murphy had offered him the post of chief administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Services Commission – a cabinet level post — but that he turned it down.
Howard, a former Associate Counsel to Gov. Chris Christie, became deputy executive director of CRDA during the summer of 2016 and then moved up to the executive director post when John Palmieri left at the end of that year.