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Special Counsel Jim Johnson, second from left, talks to other members of the Atlantic City Executive Council during its October 2018 meeting.

ATLANTIC CITY — The Executive Council will meet Tuesday for the first time without Jim Johnson, the governor’s hand-picked counsel charged with leading the state’s transition out of the city.

Johnson left his Atlantic City role last month.

The council meetings — which are not open to the public — will still be led by Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, who also serves as commissioner of the state Department of Community Affairs. The DCA has direct oversight of Atlantic City following the 2016 state takeover of the resort.

Johnson, the former special counsel to Gov. Phil Murphy for the Atlantic City transition, was appointed New York City corporate counsel Oct. 31. He co-authored the state’s blueprint report on returning Atlantic City to self-governance, which recommended the formation of the Atlantic City Executive Council, a collaboration of public- and private-sector stakeholders tasked with implementing economic and quality of life strategies.

Several key initiatives and programs have been launched from the Executive Council, including the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, expansion and Atlantic City supermarket projects.

Updates concerning a proposal for a trauma recovery center designation for the hospital as well as a city-wide health needs assessment are on Tuesday’s meeting agenda. The council will also receive a presentation from the state Economic Development Authority.

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I cover Atlantic City government and the casino industry since joining The Press in early 2018. I formerly worked as a politics & government reporter for NJ Herald and received the First Amendment: Art Weissman Memorial NJPA Award two years in a row.

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