Sonny Mares retires as Tourist Development Director

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  1. Kurt Lischka

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    Walton County?s Tourist Development Council Executive Director Sonny Mares announced his retirement today.

    Tracy Louthain will be acting as Director until a decision is made on permanent replacement of Mr. Mares. Tracy has been involved with the TDC since 2001 and joined the team in house in April 2005. She is presently serving as Director of Communications.
     
  2. Interested Girl

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    Retired ? Yeah Sure !

    :floor:
     
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    What the heck happened? I don't think this was planned do you Interested Girl?
     
  4. Interested Girl

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    He did not plan it - someone else did.

    He retired like Jim Greer retired. Step down or have a gap in your resume.

    Bye Bye - Gold Mastercard
     
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    Didn't take you very long to show up, did it?
     
  6. Interested Girl

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    No - Been waiting for his decision since last Friday
     
  7. Chi2GB

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    What is the story behind this? What happened?
     
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    She probably already forgot.
     
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    It would seem obvious to most of us that the "good ol' boy/girl" network is not completely dead by any means in Walton County. I don't know what Mr. Mares did, I only know I observed him make his reports to the BCC and he certainly seemed to have all his stuff together. The powers that be in this county seem intent on getting rid of those who have the county's interest as a whole at heart or promoting sensible solutions to our problems. I don't see it improving anytime soon, though maybe I'm wrong.
     
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    You admit you don't know what happened, but then you follow that up with the "powers that be" line. I agree, I don't know what happened either, so I will hold judgment. Who knows, this might be a good thing. :dunno:
     
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    Wasn't Bill Arnett with EDC also among the recently departed? Haven't seen a story on him yet.
     
  12. Miss Critter

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    From the Walton Sun:

    Walton's top tourism official abruptly retires | walton, sonny, abruptly - Local News - WaltonSun.com
     
  13. Interested Girl

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  14. Interested Girl

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    Another Option departure.

    Resign or hole in resume.
     
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    I do not believe the EDA is a public organization the way they have it set up. Just uses a lot of public dollars.
     
  16. Botes

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    How do you know all this? I didn't read that anywhere in the story.
     
  17. Interested Girl

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    As usual the "local media" did not ask the right questions nor did they interview the right people.

    They basically report "press releases" from the PIO departments.

    You must not be on the distribution list of "insiders".

    The most revealing part of the interview was the statement by Louthain.

    " Louthain said the TDC’s executive director answers to the Walton County Commission, which must approve Mares’ replacement."
     
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  18. Botes

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    Nope, but how does one get on that list? Is there a secret hand shake or something? I like secrets. :cool:
     
  19. Interested Girl

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    Both a handshake and a "pinky promise".

    You could also offer "free volleyball court access".
     
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    You'll learn. Interested Girl posts some interesting information. :wave:
     

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