Humboldt County Fair Board ousts GM over newspaper coverage
The Humboldt County Fair Board of Directors has begun a search to find a new general manager after voting not to renew the contract of Stuart Titus, who had served in that position for over 20 years.
According to a report in the Times-Standard, the board, in a closed session Jan. 28, voted 11 to eight not to renew Titus’ contract. Several members of the board had expressed reservations about Titus’ association with a local newspaper, the Ferndale Enterprise, which is owned, published, and edited by his wife, Caroline.
In a prepared statement released earlier this month, Titus said that because of his association with the Enterprise, he should “ensure that board members be ‘made not to look bad’ in any stories that might appear in the publication.”
Titus continued, ”To accentuate these points, a certain member of the committee informed me that if I failed to take them into account, it could cost me votes when it came time for my contract to be renewed.”
California Horse Racing Board Executive Director Kirk Breed, who has known Titus for over 20 years, told the Times-Standard that he agreed that Titus was booted because board members didn’t like the newspaper coverage.
”It’s a chickensh– bunch of guys who run the fair board,” Breed said. “The way they get back at (Caroline) is to get Stuart.”