Charles A. Richman 


Charles Richman, the seventeenth Commissioner of DCA, was appointed in 2015 by Governor Chris Christie.

Prior to joining the DCA in 1986, Commissioner Richman served as Executive Director of the NJ State Energy Office and as Assistant Commissioner and then Acting Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Energy. He was named Assistant Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs in 1986 and was promoted to Deputy Commissioner in 2005. He has held the title of Acting Commissioner at DCA three times, most recently from July 2009 to February 2010.

Throughout his DCA career, Richman has spearheaded effective policy development in areas ranging from affordable housing, fire safety, community planning and economic revitalization to budget development. He has been responsible for regulatory reform in a variety of building and housing codes; evaluations of municipal operations; formulation of legislative strategies; preparation of department budgets and priorities; contract management; and supervision of operating divisions.

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, he helped lead efforts in providing displaced families with housing options and in administering federal Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds to assist homeowners, renters and local governments in their Sandy recovery and rebuilding efforts.

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