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11/13/2012 6:00:00 AM
Fairgrounds figuring out guidelines for manager

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter


The Mohave County Fair Association Board is cautiously moving forward in its search for a new fairgrounds manager as it irons out the salary and duty description of the position.

Fair association member James Guillot has been working as temporary fairgrounds manager since the previous manager, Errol Pherigo, resigned in August.

Association board member Lori Cameron researched salaries for fairgrounds managers in the state and told the board Thursday evening that it could cost the association between $30,000 and $101,000 to hire someone. It varies based on what kind of work experience and education they were looking for and what kind of salary and benefits they wanted to offer.

The $101,000 outlier was the salary

The Mohave County Fair Association Board is cautiously moving forward in its search for a new fairgrounds manager as it irons out the salary and duty description of the position.

Fair association member James Guillot has been working as temporary fairgrounds manager since the previous manager, Errol Pherigo, resigned in August.

Association board member Lori Cameron researched salaries for fairgrounds managers in the state and told the board Thursday evening that it could cost the association between $30,000 and $101,000 to hire someone. It varies based on what kind of work experience and education they were looking for and what kind of salary and benefits they wanted to offer.

The $101,000 outlier was the salary of the fairgrounds manager for Maricopa County.

Cameron said more researched is needed, but suggested a salary of $34,00 to $38,000 with some benefits and perhaps the opportunity to earn commissions on events brought in.

Board member Jonathan Keitz suggested the board consider hiring two managers; one to manage the day-to-day maintenance of the grounds and one to market the facility to organizations for events.

"The question is, where do we get the money?" he said, looking at Mohave County Supervisor Gary Watson, who was sitting in the front row of the audience. "If we could pay for the majority of it, perhaps someone could make up the shortfall."

Watson said nothing.

The fairgrounds property is owned by the county and leased to the association. The county has given money to the association in the past to help with maintenance.

Association Treasurer Georgianna Rosencrans recommended Cameron speak again with some of the Arizona fairgrounds managers who would be attending the Arizona Fair Association Association meeting next week in Laughlin.

The board agreed to table the item until Cameron could do more research.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, November 17, 2012
Article comment by: Nancy Head

The bad management of the facility is over now. The new board is going in the right direction. Let's all pitch in and volunteer to help. I'm going to join the Association.. A good manager can run the day to day and solicit new business. They should have a modest salary with bonuses based on the events they bring in. The fairgrounds can once again be the great facility it was.

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Article comment by: Dolan Springs Resident

Lifer not only makes a good point Lifer is right. Maybe they should give Earl Hamlyn the position. Earl lead the P&Z commision for 10 years the only thing is can the fairground afford him. The fairground people want a "yes" man. They need a strong leader and that would be Earl Hamlyn good luck getting him.

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Article comment by: Let's Hope that 70th Year Will Change it All

The Lifer makes a good point. Perhaps it's the cronyism, Republican stranglehold, and the mindset of the locals - keep the government out is to blame. But it might be so simple is the poor quality of people that we have to put up with to run our operations here in town.

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: R .

The fairgrounds are great, the management is a joke! Even for the one big event, the County Fair, they didn't even bother to update the website with the entertainment schedule. A joke!
As far as having motorsports there on a regular basis, a couple crybabies ruined it for the rest of us and the city catered to this small group of people. I honestly bought my house in the fairground neighborhood in large part because I wanted to be near the events, so I could walk over to them. A little more noise on the weekend were music to my ears because it meant MORE tax revenue for the city in terms of hotels, fuel and food sales from visitors and LESS burden on us residents.
Now they're proposing a race track way the blazes out there and I suppose that's fine, I'm just glad the fairgrounds is staying put...now get somebody with a brain and who actually cares about it in there to run it!


Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: Toni Marie Swats

To clear up a few points you folks have made:

It's not a county position, the fairgrounds is being run by a nonprofit Fair Association after being leased the property by the County a few decades ago. There are currently three employees. One one manager, office manager and one maintenance worker.

The Association itself maintains the property entirely on income from the Fair and events. It is, of course, in the best interest of the Association to court more events. We always welcome promoters who want to rent the property for events.

The Fair Association has two committees that hold major events throughout the year, with a team of volunteers giving up countless hours to make those events happen to earn the money the property needs to maintain the buildings and grounds.

Any further events to make money for the Association would require more teams of volunteers crop up to assist. We absolutely welcome those volunteers to come forward and make new events. If the public has ideas, all they need to do is come to a board meeting (on our calendar) and offer them.


Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: Kingman Lifer

I have lived in Kingman 69 years and the fairgrounds has been and still is a joke. I was on the association for several years it was a nightmare the fighting was endless. The only time it was successful while I was there and this has been years ago is when Earl Hamlyn ran the horse races they made money for the fairgrounds and they were good. We don’t need a manager we need to move the fairgrounds. I hear that new supervisor from Mohave Valley will control Mohave County maybe it should move there. Kingman needs to get rid of this mess let somewhere else have this headache.

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: kingman az

mohave county wouldnt need to fill in the blank, if there was something going on at the fairgrounds every week, it would pay for it self. do a county swamp meet every other week, A carnival once a qauter, monster trucks, dirt bikes, casino nights all monie raised pay for the time and the rest gets donated. more rodeos more often. Concerts evan if they are just up and comers it get their name out and and give kingman residents something to do.

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: Not That Hard, Folks

Another debaucle by the county we call home. I wouldn't think the task would warrent 1 managers. I wouldn't think the task would warrent a salary exceeding $40k. We're not talking Maricopa county here, folks. The fair grounds holds about a dozen events a year. There's what 10 employees, if that. Get someone who is looking for the security a government job holds (with benefits only dreamed of in today's American business world). Have a clear list of duties and responsibilities. Have a strong oversight (yet non-obstructive) oversight proceedure. I'm sure if you you advertise locally, in Az Republic and a couple web pages your have a flood of qualified applicants.

Oh, one last thing - leave the party affiliation out of it. That will prevent fiascos like Manager Walker.




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