Interim Washington County Fair Complex Manager Leah Perkins-Hagele has been appointed to permanently fill the position after a national search.

“We are very pleased Leah will be transitioning into the fairgrounds manager position on a permanent basis where she can continue her efforts to help make the Washington County annual fair and year-round events and operations the best that they can be,” County Administrator Robert Davis said when the selection was announced Wednesday morning.

Perkins-Hagele began her career with Washington County in 2001 as the fair coordinator and became the interim fair complex manager in 2008.

She is president of the Oregon Fairs Association and serves on the board of the Hillsboro Rotary Club.

Perkins-Hagele graduated from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions Institute of Fair Management in 2009, and received the IAFE Certified Fair Executive designation in 2010. 

The fair complex manager organizes and directs all activities and events at the Washington County Fair Complex and is responsible for daily operations with the assistance of seven full time employees.

The complex operates on an annual budget of $2.5 million that includes over $1 million for the annual Washington County Fair, which draws over 100,000 visitors every year.

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