Archive for Wednesday, December 11, 2002

Manager position for fair still open

December 11, 2002


— Kansas State Fair officials say they have no immediate plans to name a replacement for former manager Bill Ogg.

Ogg resigned last month amid controversy about lumber he took from a building due for demolition. Ogg said he thought the lumber was headed for a landfill.

Assistant Fair Manager Denny Stoecklein has been named interim fair manager.

Board President Mary Alice Lair, of Piqua, said Stoecklein "knows the fair inside and out" and would be a good choice to replace Ogg if he wanted the job.

"Right now we're very happy with Denny and his nine years of experience at the fair," Lair said. "He's a homegrown product, knows Hutchinson and has been around the fair for a long time. He's certainly very personable and knowledgeable."

Brad Rayl, the board's vice president, said that no decision on a new fair manager was imminent.

"We're going to take a couple of months and chill out on that," he said. "We need to let the waters calm a bit."

Lair said the full board would make that decision.

"It's a busy time for everyone, and we don't want to make a hasty decision," Lair said.

"Maybe after the first of the year. We're not advertising the position yet, and we have absolutely no plans to do anything at the next meeting."

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