Based on the recommendation of the search committee, the Jackson County Commission on Tuesday hired Christine Andreasen as the new director of the Tourism Development Council (TDC). Andreasen has experience in the field, being formerly associated with the Bay County TDC. She was chosen from a field of six candidates who applied for the position by the deadline earlier this month.
“Ms. Andreasen is a Jackson County native,” county staff reported, “and after spending time away from Jackson County to pursue her education, she moved back to Marianna and is eager to bring her enthusiasm for the county to the TDC.” The commission changed the position from private contract to fulltime employee of the county.
The county’s first TDC Director, Pam Fuqua, hired in 2012, worked under private contract and commissioners had voiced concerns that the status gave them less control over the employee and the job. Andreasen will replace current interim TDC office manager Whitney Willis.
Andreasen reportedly was hired at the starting salary of $29,883 yearly. The job requirements included a bachelor’s degree in marketing, tourism or public relations and a minimum of three years of experience but “a comparable amount of training or experience could be substituted for the qualifications,” according to the published job ad. The members of the interview panel were Human Resources Director Lennetta Greene, TDC vice chairman Mark Panichella, interim county Administrator Pam Pichard, Community Development Director Wilanne Daniels and Interim Parks & Recycling Director Rett Daniels.
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