I suppose the good news is Karla Pfeifer didn’t die. But for the third time in four years, the Brown County Fair manager has been removed by a higher power:
After five months on the job, Karla Pfeifer has been fired as manager of the Brown County Fair.
Brown County commissioners took the action this morning after Pfeifer refused to resign, saying it was against her principles [Shannon Marvel, “Fired Fair Manager Says She Did Nothing Wrong,” Aberdeen American News, 2015.08.25].
I don’t have past Brown County Fairs to compare, but I went to the fair five days this year and had a fine time. Whose sheep did Pfeifer kick?
After the meeting, she said she was given three reasons for being fired, none of them seeming particularly grievous. One that she forgot to order two trophies out of more than 100, she said. She said a commissioner also told her she didn’t submit two grant applications, but Pfeifer contends she turned in the applications.
“Quite frankly, I don’t remember the third one,” she said.
“I didn’t do anything wrong, so I’m not going to put my character and reputation on the line to accept the resignation offer when I feel that I did the best that I could,” Pfeifer said.
“I was a champion of change,” she said [Marvel, 2015.08.25].
I’m just guessing, but #3 could have had something to do with the Tuesday night ticket snafu, in which the grandstand box office ran out of $12 single-entry tickets and required folks in line to buy $55 all-event passes to attend that night’s rodeo. Of course, Brown County Commission chairman said back in May that it looked like county IT manager Paul Sivertsen’s new online ticket-vending website looked like it was “progressing nicely and things will work this year,” and neither Sutton nor Sivertsen have tendered resignations over the ticket snafu.
#3 could also have been Pfeifer’s own last statement about championing change. The Aberdeen American News says the Brown County Fair has a “that’s how we’ve always done it” mentality.
Whatever Pfeifer did to get fired, isn’t wasn’t a lack of trying. She busted her chops running her first fair on maybe four hours of sleep each night on an air mattress in her fair office. Of course, we all know there can be a difference between working up a sweat and working smart.
So who wants the job next year?