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Cheshire town employee of the year honored

Cheshire town employee of the year honored

CHESHIRE – Town Public Works employee Keith Baron was named the 2019 Town of Cheshire Employee of the Year for his devotion and hard work.

“It is my pleasure that I can announce the 2019 Connie Wallace Employee of the Year goes to long time town employee, Keith Baron,” Town Manager Sean Kimball announced at the Jan. 14 Town Council meeting. “Keith has been a vital member of the town for so long, everyone loves him. Whenever work needs to be done, everyone calls Keith.”

Town Council Chair Rob Oris also spoke to the audience about Baron’s work ethic.

“While giving Keith this proclamation, I would like to highlight his dedication and commitment to Cheshire,” said Oris. “While I know Keith, I don't know him as well as some, but this award is given by a jury of your peers, and it’s clear that Keith is well-liked among his peers.”

The Connie Wallace Employee of the Year award has been presented in Cheshire since 1998 in honor of Connie Wallace, secretary to the town manager and a town employee for over 30 years. Candidates are typically nominated by fellow employees, then a committee selects the final candidates and town employees vote for the winner.

“Keith is just the greatest, most conscientious guy there is,” said George Noewatne, director of Public Works and Baron’s boss of 16 years. “He’s one of the most loyal guys I know and he really loves this town.”

Baron has worked for public works for over 20 years, starting as a road maintainer. He eventually worked his way up to Lead Crew Member.

“I love my job,” Baron said. “I love the people I work with and my bosses. It’s a great job and I get to do something new every day … what’s better than that?”

In his job, Baron oversees the maintenance and functions of multiple town buildings, including the library and senior center.