Atlantic City’s Special Improvement District has been without a permanent leader since longtime executive director Don Guardian became the city’s mayor in January.

The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority is in the search process to find a replacement. CRDA spokeswoman Kim Butler said the authority has interviewed candidates but would not provide the names of anyone in the running for the position.

Butler said there is no time line for naming a replacement.

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The Special Improvement District, or SID, was absorbed as a division of the CRDA as a result of 2011 legislation that created the Atlantic City Tourism District.

Until that time, the SID was a nonprofit organization headed by Guardian. Its goal has been to improve the city’s business community with beautification projects and cleanup. The SID is also in charge of the Boardwalk Ambassadors, who provide information for tourists and a safety presence.

Commercial and business properties in the Tourism District pay into the SID’s annual budget that is now supplemented by the CRDA.

While the search continues, Jim Kutch has been named interim director of the SID, Butler said.

Guardian’s is not the only executive position vacant within the CRDA. The Atlantic City Convention & Visitor’s Authority division also lost its executive director last year when Jeffrey Vasser left to become the CEO of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association in Miami.

THe CRDA hasn’t said whether it expects to fill Vasser’s position as it’s in the midst of reshaping the ACCVA into a nonprofit with more freedoms for convention marketing.

Butler said the search in that case remains a “work in progress,” pending board evaluation.

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