The City of Key West is grateful to the Key West Chamber of Commerce for the extraordinary opportunity to recognize City employees for their dedication. During the Chamber’s luncheon on Dec. 15th, four people were recognized for their service to the community.
Angelina Maltese was named Firefighter of the Year, an award sponsored by Keys Federal Credit Union. Maltese has worked with the department since 2011 and is the first woman in the history of the Key West Fire Department to be promoted to the position of lieutenant.
“Angelina is a proven team leader and role model for our younger members,” said Fire Chief Alan Averette. “She plays a crucial role instructing classes for the juniors and seniors that are enrolled with the Key West High School Fire Academy.”
Detective Karl Malsheimer was named Police Officer of the Year, an honor sponsored by Opal Key Resort and Marina. He started with the City in 2010 as a dispatcher, then became an officer in 2011. He has served many roles: field training officer, patrol, narcotics detective, and criminal investigations, which is his current assignment.
“Detective Malsheimer always puts everything he has into his assignments,” said Police Chief Sean Brandenburg. “His investigative skills are exemplary. He is always willing to help his co-workers, and he volunteers in the community.”
Kelly Crowe was named City Employee of the Year, an award sponsored by Horan Law. A member of the Engineering Department, Crowe is leading some major efforts in seeing the city move forward to improve streets and sidewalks, mitigate for sea-level rise, and improve traffic and pedestrian friendliness on the island.
“Kelly is the ultimate team player,” said Engineering Director Steve McAlearney. “There are countless ways he has improved processes and the product that the Engineering Department provides to the city. We and the taxpayers are exceptionally blessed to have him on our team.”
The Chamber also awarded City Attorney Shawn Smith with a Key West Star Award, recognizing his dedication to the community -- both in his role as a tenacious watchdog of the city’s interest, but also his tireless work with the children in the community through the Girls Softball League.
City Manager Patti McLauchlin introduced each of the departments and thanked the Chamber and sponsors for the recognition.
“We are so grateful to the Chamber of Commerce, the sponsors, and the community,” she said. “And we are proud of the hard work these individuals do every day.”
From L to R: Commander George Galvan, Division Chief of EMS Keith Hernandez, Commander Chris Saunders, Firefighter of the Year Lieutenant Angelina Maltese, Lieutenant Brian Rose, Deputy Chief Eddie Perez, and Chief Alan Averette.
From L to R: Captain Randy Smith, Lieutenant Bradley Lariz, Captain JR Torres, Officer of the Year Detective Karl Malsheimer, and Chief Sean Brandenburg.From L to R: Employee of the Year Kelly Crowe, Engineering Director Steve McAlearney, and City Manager Patti McLauchlin.
City Attorney Shawn Smith and Chamber President Suzanne Moore.