Atlantic City has a new director of Licensing and Inspections.

Former Millville City Commissioner Dale Finch has more than 40 years in government, including expertise in code enforcement, property maintenance and Public Works, Mayor Don Guardian said in the announcement.

Finch replaces Anthony Cox, who has been at the helm through a difficult tenure that included talk of the Tourism District taking over the department’s duties and state officials claiming the city has been unwilling to enforce codes.

Cox will go back to his previous position as a building subcode official.

“We were very lucky to have someone of Dale’s caliber interested in leading our Licensing and Inspections Department,” Guardian said. “After interviewing Dale, and listening to his decades of government management experience, I was impressed that he had tangible solutions to almost all of the reoccurring problems that we have endured as residents of Atlantic City.”

Finch has been a consultant for municipal and county governments, providing recommendations regarding oversight of government operations for service efficiency, accountability and cost effectiveness, Guardian said. His expertise also includes parks and facilities maintenance, and all areas of senior citizens’ programs and services.

Finch also has served as executive director for the Cumberland County Office on Aging and Disabled. He was a Public Works auditor for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Division of Local Government Services and an auditor for the New Jersey Department of Treasury’s Local Government Review Division.

The DCA currently has financial oversight of the city.

Finch was a Millville city commissioner until losing a re-election bid last year. In that time, he oversaw all divisions of Public Works, including the Bureau of Permits and Inspections and Property Maintenance Code Enforcement.

“As I shared with Mayor Guardian during my interview, I am excited about the new challenges and opportunities that Atlantic City represents,” Finch said. “With his new administration just beginning, I believe I can use my years of experience and first-hand knowledge of code enforcement, property maintenance, permits and inspections, and other municipal functions to reform the Licensing and Inspection Department in a way that is consistent with Mayor Guardian’s vision.”

Finch graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a bachelor of science in business administration. He also completed the Local Housing & Redevelopment Agency Training Program for Commissioners at Rutgers University.

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