TDC wants Houchins at helm one more year despite rules

Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 at 12:09 PM.

County commissioners hired Dan O’Byrne in August as the new director of the county’s tourism development department. In addition to dealing with increased oversight from commissioners, he also is negotiating a contract with a new advertising agency to handle Okaloosa’s tourism needs.

TDC members say keeping Houchins as chairwoman will help O’Byrne through the transition.

O’Byrne will present the TDC’s request to commissioners at their meeting Tuesday in Fort Walton Beach.

County Administrator Jim Curry said he doesn’t plan to make a recommendation to the board.

“It will require waiving the existing rule for an exceptional circumstance,” he said.

Contact Daily News Staff Writer Kari C. Barlow at 850-315-4438 or Follow her on Twitter @KariBnwfdn.

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