County accepting applications for TDC opening (DOCUMENT)

Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 02:22 PM.

O’Byrne said an applicant’s interest in serving “is of paramount importance” to the selection process.

“It has to be somebody who really wants to do this,” he said. “It is a rather rigorous committee.  … There’s real statutory responsibility here.”

O’Byrne said applicants also should be familiar with the tourism industry and how the public and private sectors work together to promote the area.

“What has to happen is the TDC has to appoint a committee to review and evaluate every person who applies,” he said. “That committee will take its time … and then make a recommendation.”

The nine-member TDC is expected to name the selection committee at its Jan. 23 meeting.

The Okaloosa County Commission will make the final decision on the appointment.

O’Byrne said the seat should be filled sometime later this spring.

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