MANATEE -- The Manatee County tax collector has been honored with a "Patriot Award" presented under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Defense.
Ken Burton Jr. was recognized in a ceremony for support of his office's employees, who combine civilian careers and occasional military duties, according to Jan Hilker, Burton's assistant.
Dave McCormick, a member of the U.S. Department of Defense's Florida Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, presented the certificate to Burton.
"His support really means a lot to me," said Alyssa Hamilton, one of Burton's employees who also serves in the U.S. Air Force Reserve at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. Hamilton nominated Burton for the award.
"I nominated Mr. Burton for the Patriot Award because I am appreciative of his endless support and understanding of my military duties," said Hamilton. "He makes it so much easier for me to juggle my civilian career and military career when it calls; all I have to do is notify him of my duties and without hesitation or hassle my time away is granted."
Hamilton processes Department of Motor Vehicle, driver's license and property tax transactions at the tax collector's office, and works on special projects.
As a member of the Air Force Reserve, she is a transmissions technician for the 45th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, 927th Air Refueling Wing.
In an email message, Burton thanked Hamilton and added, "I appreciate your service to our country and to our customers in Manatee County."
Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter@sarawrites.