Del Mar Fairgrounds deputy manager to leave post

The Del Mar Fairground’s longtime deputy general manager, Becky Bartling, has announced that she will be leaving her position at the end of November.

Bartling joined the staff of the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which runs the state-owned fairgrounds, in January 1994. Her first position was box office manager, and she later took on greater responsibilities as deputy general manager and chief operating officer.

The announcement came at a meeting of the 22nd DAA board of directors on Nov. 10.

Bartling said she had initially planned to take a position with the Kaaboo music and arts festival, which debuted in September at the fairgrounds. However, she subsequently decided to take another job, the specifics of which she was not ready to disclose at the meeting.

According to information on file with the state of California controller’s office, Bartling was the highest-paid fair official both in California and at Del Mar in 2013, with total wages of $158,430. The 22nd DAA is listed as non-compliant for failing to file employee compensation information for 2014, according to the controller’s website.

Bartling’s boss, fairgrounds CEO and general manager Tim Fennell, called Bartling a great friend and business partner who will be missed. “She’s going to be very successful wherever she goes,” he said.

Board president Frederick Schenk said Bartling has earned the respect of people in the entertainment industry, with whom she has negotiated over the years. “They respect and admire you and appreciate what you do to bring outstanding talent to the San Diego County Fair,” he said.

Bartling thanked the board and praised her colleagues, including Fennell, for being part of a “dedicated, talented team.”

“This is a very special place,” she said, adding that she isn’t severing all ties with the fairgrounds.

“I will be back to enjoy the fair,” she said.