The board of directors of the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa has named Vice President of Operations Jerome Hoban interim chief executive to replace Steven Beazley, who announced plans to step down in January.

Hoban’s interim appointment takes effect May 1, and is for a six-month term. He is expected to take the post on a permanent basis pending an “executive background check.”

Hoban has been with the organization for 19 years.