Walton commissioners tap Bagby to head TDC

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 09:12 AM.

The Walton County Commission scoured the country to find a new Tourist Development Council director.

Turns out the guy they wanted was right here all along.

Jim Bagby, the town manager of Rosemary Beach and a Destin city councilman, finished first among eight finalists, and commissioners promptly voted Tuesday to begin negotiating with him to take over the post Dawn Moliterno left April 9.

Bagby said he hopes to bring “some calmness and stability” to a position that has grown increasingly controversial in Northwest Florida in the last year.

“There’s been a lot of stress lately. The organization as a whole has been under a lot of stress,” he said. “We need to return to a place where we can continue the success this organization has enjoyed the last several years and maybe improve upon it.”

Bagby, who attended Tuesday’s commission meeting, said he is confident a deal to seal his hiring will be reached.

“I have no doubt that we will reach an agreement because we want each other,” he said.



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