NORMAN — The Cleveland County Board of Commissioners on Monday hired Stephen Koranda as the first executive director of the Cleveland County Fairgrounds.
The position is a new one for the county. Koranda will report to the county’s elected fair board, but he is a county employee. He will begin work Friday.
“We expect him to create a vision for the next five, 10 and 20 years and to make better use of what we have now,” County Commissioner Darry Stacy said.
Koranda will earn $65,000 per year.
“I’m very excited,” Koranda said. “We had just started working with them at the CVB, and I was getting to know some of the vision they had about what that place could be,” he said.
Koranda formerly headed the Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau. He resigned from that position in August. He came to the city to head the CVB in January 2009.
He formerly was vice president of the Olathe Kan., convention and visitors bureau.
In other action Monday, commissioners agreed to waive the flood plain permit fees for May tornado victims who plan to rebuild.
“This will provide some relief for those who are rebuilding,” Stacy said.
The board also approved:
· Health department contracts with Kathryn Humphrey and Rebekah Maurer.
· Lease agreement with Pitney Bowes to upgrade the postage meter in the health department’s Moore office.
· Awarded bids for inmate clothing, sandals and uniforms.