David Stuvland of Pendleton snagged the position of Umatilla County fair manager Friday, according to Jim Barrow, county human resources director. He will begin work Monday in Hermiston.
"He came very well recommended and made quite an impression on the selection panel," Barrow said. The county reportedly received 12 applications.
Stuvland has regularly volunteered with Happy Canyon since 1975 and served on the board of directors from 1996 to 2003, his final year as president. He most recently worked as the Business Accounts Manager for UNICOM.
"I'm very excited and very pleased," Stuvland said. "I think it'll be a lot of fun and a lot of hard work."
Stuvland said he'd been searching for a new job to continue his sales and outside sales experience.
"I pulled up the county's Web site and a good friend of mine said, 'You'd better look at this job,' " Stuvland said.
His most recent experience with the fair was through his kids' participation with FFA sheep showing and 4-H, making him an appreciative fair-goer in his own right.
"It's fun to ... eat at all the vendors and see a good rodeo," he said.
Stuvland said he planned to begin work by making important contacts with fair board and Farm-City Pro Rodeo board members, as well as Hermiston City Manager Ed Brookshier and Police Chief Dan Coulombe, among others.
Stuvland acknowledged the work of his predecessor Peggy Clough, saying he hoped to continue her success. He said he hoped to encourage even further involvement from county government.
"I'd also like to increase the sponsorship," he said.
Barrow said Stuvland particularly impressed the hiring panel for his research in that department.
"He actually looked it up on the Web site and knew the sponsors by name," Barrow said.
Stuvland likely will have plenty to keep him busy right away, including gearing up for the Oregon Fairs Association convention in April, hosted this year at the Umatilla County Fairgrounds.