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(Columbus, Ohio-AP) -- An Ohio State Fair manager who resigned amid charges he inappropriately accepted gifts from vendors has been hired to manage the Utah State Fair.
Richard Frenette will assume the new post on January 19th. Utah fair officials said he was selected from among more than 100 applicants.
Frenette resigned on September 25th, two days after state Inspector General Thomas Charles issued a report alleging a number of ethics violations.
The outgoing president and chief operating officer of the Utah fair, Donna Dahl, said the Utah fair's board of trustees was fully aware of Frenette's troubles in Ohio.
She said, "It was all political -- pretty petty stuff. He seems to be a very good man."
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