COSTA MESA — The Orange County Fair Board decided Thursday to begin a nationwide, 45-day search for its next chief executive.
President and CEO Steve Beazley announced last week that he was retiring after four years in the top position in order to pursue new professional interests. He began doing seasonal work with the fair 37 years ago and has been a full-time executive for 14 years.
Beazley, 49, said his last day depends on when the board successfully finds a replacement, allowing for a smooth transition of leadership. The annual summer fair celebrated its highest attendance to date and record revenue in nearly every category.