Jim Bagby takes the helm at TDC

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

"I am working to see how Kriss set them up and mirror the process for an advisory council," he said. "There are a lot of smart people in Walton County. Let's engage them."

Bagby sat on the TDC Beach Management Committee under Titus and Mares.

"Having committees enabled the TDC to socialize info going on inside the TDC," he explained. “I was the eastern end representative at the TDC as I saw a lot of Rosemary Beach people, and people from Alys Beach who called me because they knew I sat on the committee. It is the way people know stuff. Most people get their information from other people, not by reading. And committees are a way to get people invested in the process."

Bagby said he has asked for audits of the Walton County TDC as a way to “benchmark it” against the best tourism organization in the state.

"I don't think anything criminal happened; I'm just very analytical and methodical," he said.

As for any changes in staff or positions, he is presently taking recommendations from his staff and senior leaders as to what changes they think need to be made.

"Turnover is good as questions are then asked, and it forces us to rethink why we do things a certain way. But, I have no predisposed notions. After I look at all suggestions, I will then make recommendations," he said.

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