No raise for Del Mar Fairgrounds CEO

State officials have nixed a previously approved plan to give Del Mar Fairgrounds Chief Executive Officer Tim Fennell a 29 percent raise to reward his performance and prevent him from seeking a higher-paying job, it was reported Thursday.

The raise received tentative approval late last year by the 22nd District Agricultural Association that runs the state fairgrounds. But final approval rested with the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Linda Berg Gandara, chief counsel for the food and agriculture department, said the requested salary increase would have exceed the amount authorized in the state’s pay scales,The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Fennell already makes $143,544 a year, which is at the top of the state’s pay scale for his position, according to the Union-Tribune. Had he received the 29 percent raise, his salary would have increased to $186,120, retroactive to November.

Since Fennell became the fairgrounds’ CEO in 1993, total gross annual revenue has increased nearly 400 percent to $57.4 million.

Related posts:

  1. Fairgrounds’ top executive may get 29 percent pay increase
  2. Del Mar Fairgrounds clarifies furlough confusion
  3. Fairgrounds stable despite recession
  4. Fairgrounds officials try to sell naming rights
  5. DM Fairgrounds budget includes belt-tightening

Short URL:

Posted by Pat Sherman on Mar 12, 2009. Filed under Archives. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply



Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6





  • Rancho Santa Fe resident among seven new trustees joining UC San Diego Foundation Board
    Proactive stewards, higher education advocates and expert financial strategists, UC San Diego Foundation trustees play an important role in cultivating community partnerships and garnering resources to support UC San Diego research, teaching and public service initiatives. Trustees govern the Foundation, including managing net assets totaling $717 million, i […]
  • Rancho Fire District to recognize Fire Prevention Week with two events
    National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 5-11, and the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District (RSFFPD) will host two community events to recognize the annual awareness campaign. The first will be an Open House from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 4 at RSF Fire Station 2, 16930 Four Gee Road in 4S Ranch. Guests will be able to tour the fire station and traini […]
  • New Rancho Santa Fe Library Branch Manager welcomes community input
    Rancho Santa Fe Library’s new Branch Manager Haley Kwon has been charmed by the village’s “sweet, down-home” character, the simple pleasure of visiting the local library and people’s enjoyment of a slower speed of time. “It’s a small town and the library is a place for people to connect,” Kwon said. “People have a different sense of time here, they come in t […]