Athens Review, Athens, Texas

October 9, 2013

Fair Park looks for manager

New head to replace Carrell, who has held job 14 years

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The search is underway for a new manager for the Henderson County Fair Park Complex.

Wayne Carrell announced last month that he would be leaving the post at the end of the year. Carrell has held the post since 1999, keeping a schedule that requires being at the Complex as many as 51 weekends a year and most holidays.

The county has posted the opening and a list of qualifications for the job. Because the manager is involved in lining up shows and events to keep the facility in operation as many days as possible, the applicants resume must show a history of strong marketing and promotional skills.

The manager also needs to have knowledge of food service operation, such as ordering of supplies for concession stands and preparation of food.  Also required is knowledge of equipment operation used in maintenance of arenas and grounds.

Another important qualification is that the applicant must have basic detention officers certification to work trustees or be able to obtain one.

Carrell, a former sheriff’s office deputy, easily filled that requirement.

“Without that certification, I would dare say the facility could not get anywhere close to operating at the efficiency that it does now,” Precinct 2 County Commissioner Wade McKinney said. “He has a number of trustees out there with him everyday doing those tasks that are needed to keep the place in great shape.”

The seven-member Fair Park Board will look over the recommendations, and the final decision goes through Commissioners Court.

Members of the board are appointed to 2-year terms by the Commissioners Court.

Applications can be mailed to the Henderson County Treasurers Office, Human Resources, care of Brenda Houston, 125 N. Prairieville St.  No. 204, Athens, TX 75751

They can also be sent to the e-mail address at