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Mid-State Fair begins search for a new CEO

The annual California Mid-State Fair is held at the Paso Robles Event Center.
The annual California Mid-State Fair is held at the Paso Robles Event Center. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

The California Mid-State Fair’s board of directors is searching for a new chief executive officer to succeed Paso Robles Event Center CEO Vivian Robertson, who announced her retirement in October.

The CEO position manages the annual county fair as well as other year-round events, concerts and community gatherings at the event center, according to a news release. The event center is governed by the board of directors of the 16th District Agricultural Association.

The annual salary range for the position is $100,176 to $122,796. The closing date to apply is Feb. 19.

Robertson, who worked 38 years for the fair, was appointed to the CEO position in 2004.

She was credited with numerous changes in the past 11 years, including expanding the center’s year-round operation with annual horse shows and conferences, refurbishing buildings, overseeing new features at the fair and attracting big-name entertainers, and ensuring that the fair remains one of the state’s largest.

Last summer, unaudited results for the Mid-State Fair showed increases across the board over 2014. A total of 428,807 people attended the fair from July 22 through Aug. 2 — the best results since 2011.

The 2016 fair runs July 20-31.

For more information on the CEO job posting, go to www.ralphandersen.com/jobs/ca-midstatefair.

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