Fair board begins search for new manager

St. Joseph County Fair Board members have started the process of moving forward after last week’s unexpected dismissal of fair manager Missi Tefft.

During a lengthy special meeting Friday night, the fair board made much-needed strides to address its immediate and long-term needs.

Friday’s 2-and-1/2-hour-long meeting was called in the wake of a 7-to-5 vote Oct. 10 to dismiss Tefft from her 18-month post as fair manager.

In the end, the board gave its executive committee approval to hire two employees at $18 an hour to help in the office and aid winter storage. Also, the executive committee was granted authority to use a temp agency to secure someone able to handle payroll and accounts payable/receivable until a full-time manager is hired.

Board members also agreed to set another special meeting. It will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the fair office.

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