COSTA MESA — The prospective operators of the Orange County Fairgrounds have asked one of its past chief executives to take over if the state sells the property.
Becky Bailey-Findley, who served as chief executive from 1994 to 2008 and was a long-time fair employee before that, said she's interested in leading the takeover for Facilities Management West.
Like the sale itself, her hiring is still tentative, but Bailey-Findley is already deeply involved. The city of Costa Mesa retained her as a consultant during its negotiations to buy the fairgrounds, and in that capacity she dealt closely with Facilities Management West, the company that agreed to finance the purchase.
If hired, Bailey-Findley would lend a familiar and respected face to the company and could make its controversial role more palatable.
"I am happy to continue on with them if the sale were to go through, to help make it a smooth transition for the business and for the [fair] employees," Bailey-Findley said.