Jim Bagby takes the helm at TDC

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

However, Bagby does not think people will be let go.

"But if any are, it won't be right off. I have taken over 40 or 50 organizations and never fired anyone when I first got there. I think that's poor management because when you do that, you get rid of everyone who knew what was going on," he said.

And, back to the possible need for a new TDC building, which the former executive director addressed, Bagby agrees that the current facility on the intersection of Hwy. 331 and 98 is in a "horrible location."

 "But we do get a lot of visitors stopping in. Some are travelers just looking for a clean restroom, but a lot are not, and are seeking information. I have met with DAG Architects and we're doing renovations on the second floor. But I will not vote to put a center in the state forest," he reiterates. "We will base it on the ISP report. If there is a need for a different facility, I will make a recommendation that it be located north of the town center annex."

But Bagby said such a decision is a year or more out.

A Texas native, Bagby is a graduate of West Point and has a master’s degree in public administration from Western Kentucky. The Army assigned him to Hurlburt as the Chief of the Joint Support element in 1999. He retired in 2003 and went to work as Town Manager at Rosemary Beach later that year.

A resident of Destin, Bagby serves on Destin City Council. He has been married for 27 years. 

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