CHIPLEY — Washington County Extension Service has a new director — Julie Pigott Dillard.

CHIPLEY — Washington County Extension Service has a new director — Julie Pigott Dillard.

Dillard was brought before the Washington County Board of County Commissioners for concurrence by UF/IFAS Northwest District Extension Director Pete Vergot on Thursday. The commissioners’ agreement with the candidate chosen to fill the position was required, Vergot said.

“Andy Andreasen retired on Dec. 31 after a long career,” Vergot told the board, “and the opening was posted and we began interviewing candidates.”

The candidate chosen was no stranger to the Washington County Extension Office. Dillard has been serving as the 4-H Youth Development Agent at the Chipley office. She joined the Extension District in 2007, but also worked as 4-H Youth Development Agent for the University of Georgia from 2000 to 2003, according to her profile on the website

Dillard also worked as a program for the Washington County School District.

Vergot explained that the salary for the extension officer director is partially paid by the county, which is why the commissioners’ input was sought on the candidate.

The extension district will also be hiring an agricultural agent for the Washington County office, but it could take as long as six months to find the right candidate, Vergot said.

“This will be a nationwide search, we need someone good in this position, and the bar has been set very high by Andy Andreasen,” Vergot said.

In other county personnel matters, the board approved the appointment of former Wausau mayor and county Emergency Management Director Roger Hagan to serve on the Washington County Planning Commission. Hagan will take the District 1 seat which has been vacant since Hilton Kelly resigned in November.

The board also approved the appointments of Dana Phillips and Mark Hess to serve on the county Tourism Development Council.

Phillips will serve the TDC in the Seat 8 position and Hess will serve in the Seat 5 slot until Sept. 30, 2013. Both terms are residual terms on the council.

The board also appointed Norman Rich to the Tri-County Airport Board.