Jim Bagby takes the helm at TDC

Published: Friday, July 5, 2013 at 09:07 AM.

Bagby is already seeking to become certified as a destination management executive.

Another strength Bagby feels he possesses that none of the others had is that he has worked in the county for 10 years.

"I understand that the needs of Sandestin residents are not the needs of 30A residents, or those living north of the bay. I understand the complexities of my environment and the county better than the others did," he said.

Bagby also knows most of the county commissioners, those on the TDC advisory council, those in the Walton County Taxpayers Association, and most of  the 30A movers and shakers.

"I've got a lot of relationships built up, particularly in the south end. That will help me at the TDC," he said.

When asked to look back at the controversies and pitfalls that his predecessors encountered and how he plans to avoid them, Bagby answers with a laugh. First off, if it is determined that a new TDC building is needed, he definitely will not build it in the middle of state forest land, he said, referencing one of Moliterno's major controversies.

Bagby then went on to say that one thing Titus had in place that fell by the wayside was her effective use of committees. He wants to reinstate that practice.

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