Kern County Fair leaders have released an official statement in response to allegations that they grossly mismanaged taxpayer funds for years.
A state auditor’s report released in August details widespread instances of violations of state law and workplace misconduct at an unnamed county fair.
For the last several days, employees and former employees of the fair have said to numerous local media, including The Californian, that the investigation pertains to Kern County.
The claims have cast doubt over the fair as it wraps up its second week of festivities.
In response to the questions, CEO Mike Olcott and Chairwoman Blodgie Rodriguez released a statement.
The statement is, “Due to California whistleblower law, we are unable to disclose the name of the fair that was the subject of the State Auditor’s report last month.”
The statement echoes a claim made by the State Auditor’s Office, which said it could not reveal the name of the fair due to the state whistleblower law.
It remains uncertain if the fair in question will ever be unveiled by the state.