Jackson County Fairground bids farewell to long-serving Fairground Manager Helen Baker, as she submitted her resignation during a board meeting held on Thursday, August 10. The decision to step down comes after over nine years of dedicated service, during which Baker has worked late nights and long weekends to ensure the success of the Fairgrounds.
Citing the need to find a better work-life balance at her current stage in life, Baker’s resignation has been met with understanding and appreciation from the Jackson County Fair Board. J.B. Dimick, President of the Fair Board, acknowledged Baker’s positive attitude and unwavering commitment to the Fairgrounds. Dimick expressed, “Helen has done so for over nine years, with a positive attitude and a true love for the Fairgrounds. We on the Fair Board certainly understand Helen’s decision.”
While Baker’s departure is bittersweet, she has pledged her support in ensuring a smooth transition. Her dedication to the Fairgrounds extends through mid-September, as she assists in handing over responsibilities and sharing her valuable insights. “I will miss my coworkers, the events, our supporters, and our sponsors,” shared Baker. “I am leaving behind a strong team with lots of momentum and a bright future. This seemed the best time to step down and start the next chapter in my life.”
The Fair Board is actively working to address the managerial vacuum left by Baker’s departure. A comprehensive interim plan is being developed to manage upcoming events and the day-to-day activities at the Fairground. A search and selection committee has been established to swiftly fill the vacant position. J.B. Dimick expressed his admiration for Baker’s contributions, stating, “Helen has been outstanding for all the Board Members to work with. She is another of a long line of fantastic Fair Managers who have taken the Fairgrounds to new heights, and we wish her great happiness for the future.” Dimick emphasized the responsibility of finding a suitable successor to uphold the legacy and meet the community’s expectations for the Jackson County Expo.
As the Fairground community bids farewell to Helen Baker, they look ahead to a new chapter and the promise of continued success under fresh leadership.
Source: NWS Medford