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Mayor Gail Coniglio presented the Town Employee of the Year Award at the Chamber of Commerce Breakfast this morning. The winner is Brett Madison, Town of Palm Beach Facilities Maintenance Division Manager.

Mr. Madison oversees 14 employees and is responsible for the 8 parks, town beaches, and street and public land maintenance. That includes tree trimming on town land: Royal palms: 550; coconut palms: 2,200; and 1,000-plus assorted other palms.

"When you get off the elevator in Town Hall and see the pictures of all the winners, the best employees of the year for all those years, it's awe inspiring, said Mr. Madison. "I never expected to be part of that amazing group and up on that wall. It was a total surprise."

Photo: Civic Association President Ned Barnes, Chamber President Carrie Bradburn, Brett Madison, Mayor Gail Coniglio, Town Manager Tom Bradford, Citizens Association Chairman Lew Crampton.

The Employee of the Year Award is co-sponsored by the Civic Association and Citizens' Association. The winner receives a check for $3,500 from the organizations and a plaque from the town.

Mr. Madison, a long-term employee with over 18 years of service, also represents general employees on the Retirement Board of Trustees.

He grew up in Jupiter and now lives in West Palm Beach.