The Indiana State Fair has hired a new chief operations officer as part of management changes spurred by last summer's deadly stage rigging collapse.
The hiring of Dave Shaw as the COO was announced during Thursday's meeting of the state fair commission. Shaw has previously managed several entertainment venues, including three outdoor amphitheaters near Chicago. He'll start work May 21.
Fair commissioner members voted last month to make management changes recommended by consultants who investigated the Aug. 13 disaster that killed seven people and injured dozens more.
Those consultants found that the stage rigging didn't meet industry safety standards and that the fair's emergency plan was inadequate. The new operations officer will report to the fair's executive director, who's been criticized for not evacuating concert fans ahead of severe weather.