Councilman Jim Bagby

Current Term

2022 - 2026

Biographical Information

Jim Bagby was elected to the Destin City Council in July 2021 to complete the term of former Councilman Skip Overdier. He grew up near Tyler, Texas and has been married to Jennie, the District Developmental Evaluator for Pre-K children in the Okaloosa County School District, for 37 years. They have two children, Sara and Jennifer. Sara lives in the New York City area and is a Team Lead for Capital One. Jennifer lives in Oxford, Mississippi and has recently graduated from Ole Miss Law School. Jim received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from West Point and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Western Kentucky University, where he was recognized as the distinguished graduate student in the Government Department.  


Jim’s work experience includes 24 years in the United States Army with a variety of operational and staff assignments throughout the world. His last assignment was as the Chief, Joint Support Element at Hurlburt Field. Prior to becoming a licensed realtor with the Premier Property Group, he worked for One Seagrove Place as the General Manager. Prior to One Seagrove Place, he worked at Visit South Walton as the Executive Director and was the Town Manager of Rosemary Beach for nearly 10 years. Jim is currently the District Director for Congressman Matt Gaetz. He also served served two terms on the Destin City Council from 2006 to 2014; served as the Chairman (3 years) and Vice Chairman (1 ½ years) of Veterans Florida; served on the Walton County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; and several other boards and committees.  

Community Involvement

Jim is currently a member Northwest Florida State College Foundation Board of Directors and is a Lector and Eucharistic Minister at Resurrection Catholic Church. His hobbies include reading and golfing.

Committee Appointments

  • Emerald Coast Regional Council (Primary)