The search is over. On Friday, Sonoma-Marin Fair?s board of directors announced that Patricia Conklin will assume the post of CEO beginning in January.

Conklin, 44, replaces former CEO Tawny Tesconi, who left the position in September to take on the role of manager of the Sonoma County Fair.

Fair board president Brian Sobel said Conklin was selected by the board after interviewing a number of ?excellent? candidates. ?We believe Pat Conklin will be a superb CEO for the Sonoma-Marin Fair.?

Conklin, who earned a bachelor?s degree at California State University, Chico, has a range of experience in the fair industry. Since 1998, she has served as CEO of the Butte County Fair, a five-day fair occurring each August in Gridley. Prior to her Butte County position, Conklin was the Solano County Fair Exhibits supervisor for eight years and its deputy CEO for one year. From 1987 to 1994, she was also a director for the 36th District Agricultural Asso-ciation (the Dixon May Fair).

Her salary will be $82,000 per year.

?I?m thrilled to be going to the Sonoma-Marin Fair because it?s always had a good reputation,? said Conklin. ?The area that encompasses the Fourth District Agricultural Association is a wonderful location, with a great atmosphere. I especially like the team effort of the fair staff and their dedication to the community.?

Conklin is also a member of both the Western Fairs Association Board and the State Rules Committee for the Division of Fairs & Expositions.