MAYS LANDING — After a successful bid for reelection, Atlantic County Sheriff Eric Scheffler was sworn in Friday morning for a new three-year term.
“It’s really a privilege and an honor to be re-elected sheriff in Atlantic County,” Scheffler said. “I really do feel very honored to be able to serve as a sheriff, as well as to serve with the men and women of this agency — such incredible people that I’ve been able to serve with over the past three years and the accomplishments that we’ve been able to form are almost a miracle.”
The ceremony was carried on Facebook, as gatherings are restricted to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Scheffler, a Northfield resident who retired as a lieutenant with the Atlantic City Police Department, was voted into office in 2017. His goals then were to reform the Sheriff’s Office so it runs more efficiently, while pushing a social platform that deals with mental health and addiction and how that affects all corners of the county.
His accomplishments include the Hope One Project and Mobile One Outreach Initiative. Hope One goes into communities and neighborhoods in an attempt to link people suffering from a substance-use disorder with treatment and other services.
“We had a hard year in 2020,” Scheffler said. “But 2021 will be looking up. We’re going to continue to push the envelope. We’re going to continue to support law enforcement in Atlantic County.”