COSTA MESA — Save for the chief executive, all full-time Orange County Fairgrounds employees set to be laid off by the state would be rehired by the private company seeking to acquire the 150-acre property, a spokesman for the buyer said Thursday.
Not long after learning they would be laid off if the proposed sale of the fairgrounds goes through, employees were told they would be rehired by Facilities Management West, the Newport Beach investment company seeking the purchase the O.C. Fair & Event Center for $100 million.
Eighty-one full-time employees would be rehired, said FMW spokesman Guy Lemmon said.
Some employees, however, may not make the transition, seeking other positions with the state.
"That's the most important thing I want to emphasize," Lemmon said. "Anyone who wants to work on our behalf has a job, period. While we don't know the date when we'll actually own the fairgrounds, that time will come, and if you choose to come work for us, you'll get a check from FMW. There will be no lapses."