ATLANTIC CITY — James Plousis, the new chairman of the Casino Control Commission, said he looks forward to carrying on the tradition of the state agency.

The former Cape May County sheriff oversaw his first meeting Wednesday morning. The meeting lasted 15 minutes.

“I want to begin by thanking Gov. Chris (Christie) for this great opportunity,” said Plousis, 65, at the start of the meeting. “I look forward to working closely with Gov. (Phil) Murphy and continuing the 40-year great tradition that the commission has.”

Plousis was sworn in Dec. 26. He became the eighth person to lead the state agency and the first person from Cape May County to lead the board.

When the state Senate confirmed him Dec. 7, Plousis said he will take a regional approach to expanding the business by trying to attract vacationers from neighboring Cape May County.

After Wednesday’s meeting, Plousis said he was honored to be the first person from Cape May County to lead the commission.

Plousis replaces Matthew Levinson, son of Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson, in the $141,000-a-year position. He will lead the commission for the next five years.

The commission is the state agency that licenses casinos in Atlantic City and their key employees. It also holds hearings on appeals of decisions by the director of the Division of Gaming Enforcement.

The members can be removed only for cause. By law, no more than two commissioners may be of the same political party, according to the commission’s website. It has three members, including the chairman.

Plousis resigned as chairman of the State Parole Board before taking the commission oath of office. In 2010, Christie appointed Plousis chairman of the parole board.

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Started working in newsrooms when I was 17 years old. Spent 15 years working for Gannett New Jersey before coming to The Press of Atlantic City in April 2015.

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