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County commission hires new Tourism Development Director

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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Jackson County

Jackson County was created in 1822 out of what was then the Escambia territory. Originally Jackson County spanned from the Suwannee River to the Chotawhatchee River. The county boundaries slowly changed as new counties were formed and by the early 1900s the boundaries had been set to where they are today.

When Jackson County was created there were no towns. The first three courts were held at what is today Blue Springs, then at Big Spring of Chotawhatchee and next at the "Chipola Settlement which was located at today's Waddell's Mill Pond in 1822, 1823 and 1824 respectively.

The first town in Jackson County was called Webbville, founded in 1827 it located about 9 miles North West of Marianna. Webbville was poised to be the county seat, but in 1828 a group a settlers from Marianna went to Tallahassee and offered the state legislators free land, the construction of a courthouse and a land auction to finance the new government, if the legislators would agree to make Marianna the county seat. The legislators agreed. This was the beginning of the end of Webbville and the start of a growing Marianna.

It was around the time when the county was originally created that many settlers moved into to the area. There was activity beginning in the Malone and Greenwood area as early as 1824. Sneads was beginning to be settled as early as 1832. Graceville was incorporated in 1902, Cottondale in 1905 and Grand Ridge in 1907. So by the early 1900s most of the modern day towns of Jackson County were well established.

To See the evolution of Jackson County Maps from 1825 to 1932 follow the link below.

http://www.fcit.usf.edu/florida/maps/county/jackson/jackson.htm

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