MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) — For the 15th straight year, the City of Madison’s best of the best will be honored.
Recreation Program Director Kelly Johnson was named City Employee of the Year, Lieutenant Wayne Kamus earned Police Officer of the Year and Christopher Ramsey was named Firefighter of the Year.
EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR: Kelly Johnson
Kelly Johnson, Madison’s Recreation Program Director, has been with the City for 18 years. As the Director, Kelly coordinates the scheduling and preparation of facilities for over 4,500 participants in our Youth sports programs. Kelly also coordinates over 40 sports tournaments at the City’s Parks and Recreation facilities, and assists 8 Madison sports organizations in the administration and operations of their leagues or programs. These programs include her organization of the Youth Basketball Leagues and conducting Coaches Certifications.
Kelly also developed the City’s Summer Day Camp program 3 years ago which serves 150 participants each summer. During our Day Camp, Kelly personally works with special needs children to ensure they are included and having fun during field trips and activities.
In addition to all the above, Kelly also assists with Special Recreation Events for the City (including the Easter Egg Hunt, Christmas Parade, 4th of July, Punt/Pass/Kick and Pitch/Hit/Run programs).
According to Recreation Director Kory Alfred, “To keep all these programs going, Kelly goes above and beyond in frequently working nights and weekends. As an example, she is known to work at 3 A.M. during rain storms to get ball fields playable to complete tournaments.”
Mayor Troy Trulock nominated Johnson for the award saying, “She’s just is tremendous. She’s somebody, she always a go-to person that no matter what, if a parent has an issue and needs help, she helps the parent, if a coach needs help, she helps the coach.”
Kelly’s connections to the City and athletics go beyond her job. Kelly is also a resident of Madison and has a 14 old son, Zach. Kelly was inducted into the Bob Jones Hall of Fame last Fall. While at Bob Jones High School, Kelly earned varsity letters in volleyball, basketball and softball; and Kelly was the first Bob Jones student to earn a college softball scholarship. Kelly went on to graduate from Athens State University, majoring in Physical Education.
POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR: Lt. Wayne Kamus
The Officer of the Year is Lieutenant Wayne Kamus, he was selected by his peers for this wonderful award. Wayne serves as the department’s community outreach officer, and is leading its effort in becoming CALEA certified. Wayne was first hired with the Department in 2001, and he lives in Madison with his wife Lori. Prior to his service with the City, Wayne worked for Intergraph for 12 years as a Field Service Manager. Wayne received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Athens State University, and he is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice.
According to Chief Muncey, ”Wayne Kamus is a fantastic officer and has dedicated his life to serving others, beginning with the U.S. Army and now with the Madison Police Department. Wayne, never says no, and is always looking for ways to better serve our community, and profession.”
Mayor Trulock added, “His job is to be out in the community and he just does a great job of connecting with the youth, connecting with our community and helping grow that relationship between the City of Madison and our police department.”
FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR: Christopher Ramsey
Christopher Ramsey joined Madison Fire and Rescue in 2008 and completed paramedic certification in 2010. He serves as a member of the Regional Heavy Rescue team and is a member of the department’s Standard Operating Procedure development committee.
Chris takes great interest in the development of new firefighters. As a proctor for the Candidate Physical Ability Test, he guides firefighter candidates through department testing procedures. He leads those hired through preparation for the rigorous Firefighter I course. After completion of initial training he helps them transition into the fire department team and shows them the path to success.
According to Chief Cobb, “Chris is highly motivated and strives to excel in all that he does. He has a very positive attitude and continually seeks increasing responsibility and new opportunity.” Chris recently served 6-months as a temporary driver when a regular driver was sidelined by an injury.
Mayor Trulock added, “”He is the go-to guy in the fire department and I think there’s a bright future for Mr. Ramsey.”
Chris lives in Lester, Alabama with his wife Britney and two year-old daughter, Ela.
The City of Madison contributed to this report.