ATLANTIC CITY — State Sen. Chris Brown has recommended city employee Pamela Fields for a seat on the Casino Control Commission.
Fields, a graduate of Stockton University, has been employed by the city for 23 years and served as executive director of Main Street Atlantic City.
If appointed, she will be the first black woman to serve on the commission since Susan Maven left in 2001.
Three seats on the commission are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate. The position is a five-year appointment and carries a salary of $124,000 a year, according to public records.
The term of Sharon Harrington expired in August, leaving an open seat.
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“The best way to make sure the Casino Control Commission upholds the public’s trust in casino gambling and creates a regulatory environment in which casinos can thrive so they can continue to provide over 30,000 jobs for our local families and affordable prescriptions for our senior citizens is to appoint an independent, hard-working woman of faith, who lives and serves her community right here in Atlantic County,” Brown said in a statement. “Ms. Fields is the right woman for the job.”
Fields, a Newark native, started working in Atlantic City 23 years ago with the Youth Advocate Program, which helps young people and their families with counseling, job training and finding employment.
In 2002, Fields was assigned as an administrative aide to the mayor, where she developed communication strategies to help improve city services.
In 2009, she was appointed by the mayor as executive director of Main Street Atlantic City, an organization that has raised more than $5 million in local, state and federal funds to promote economic development in the city.
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She is currently a member of the Stockton University Women’s Leadership Council, the Stockton University Foundation Board, the Stockton University Alumni Association, the Stockton University Business Advisory Board, the Atlantic County Democratic Committee and the First Ward Civic Association of Atlantic City.
She has also been involved in the Business and Professional Women’s Club, the Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer Research Fund, The Alzheimer’s Association, the Atlantic Cape Community Affairs Board, the Miss Atlantic City Pageant Board and the AtlantiCare Foundation.
“I am grateful to Senator Brown for giving people with the background, desire and ability like me the chance to serve,” Fields said in a statement. “The closing of four casinos several years ago and the threat of North Jersey casinos are reminders how important the industry is to the everyday lives of our friends and neighbors. As a commissioner on the CCC, I will always keep in mind how important it is to make the right decisions to continue our current success.”