Agnes Moran stands with Michelle O’Brien

Agnes Moran, right, stands with Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michelle O’Brien after Moran was named Citizen of the Year on Friday during the chamber’s Celebration of the Stars event. Image courtesy of the Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce has presented its 2021 Citizen of the Year Award to Agnes Moran, who currently serves as executive director of Women in Safe Homes.

The chamber also honored the late Karl Amylon with its Award for Lifetime Achievement during the chamber’s Celebration of the Stars event Friday evening at the The Landing Hotel’s Sunny Point Conference Center.

Former City of Ketchikan Mayor Bob Sivertsen, in a video nomination, told the chamber event’s sold-out crowd that Amylon, the City of Ketchikan manager for 26 years, had a hand in most of the significant development in the community in recent decades.

“I don’t think there’s a thing in the community in the last 26 years in regards to prosperity that Karl hasn’t touched,” Sivertsen said, naming the construction of the Ted Ferry Civic Center, the addition to Ketchikan Medical Center, and the Port of Ketchikan as examples on an extensive list.

Amylon also supported the arts, he said. After an overseas vacation, he suggested the idea of musicians playing at the port during the summer cruise ship season. That became a regular event.

The former city manager, who resigned this fall and died days later at his Ketchikan family home, supported nonprofits, Sivertsen said. He was instrumental in moving forward with Ketchikan’s Overnight Warming Center and assisted in the eventual relocating of the Women in Safe Homes shelter.

Sivertsen worked with Amylon as a city employee and while serving as a member of the Ketchikan City Council and most recently as the city’s mayor.

“Karl was extremely ethical, he was driven, he was understanding, worked with you, gave great advice and never told you ‘I told you so,’” Sivertsen recalled. “The testament to his leadership is there were a lot of the great things said of Karl Amylon by his staff.”

Moran was recognized for her leadership as executive director of WISH and her commitment to Ketchikan’s most vulnerable.

She was a founding member of the Overnight Warming Center, according to Judy Zenge, one of two citizens who nominated Moran.

In Zenge’s nomination, she cited Moran’s “grace and integrity,” and described her as “one of the community’s greatest assets.”

Jaimie Palmer also nominated Moran for the Citizen of the Year award, noting that when Moran took the reigns of WISH in 2017 it had been struggling, but that it presently is financially secure.

Palmer explained that it was Moran who “led the charge” for the new WISH building on Gateway Court, which is expected to be occupied by the end of November. The building had been closed as the Ketchikan Regional Youth Facility and underwent a remodel for WISH.

The Chamber also presented the Business of the Year award to Madison Lumber and Hardware.

Kelly Chick Comstock, who made the video presentation, cited Madison’s “core values, customer service, respect, teamwork and communication.”

She noted that the business started in Ketchikan in 1967.

“They’re here for us, and they’re going to be here tomorrow,” Comstock said.

Additionally, the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad received the Exemplary Community Service Award, Wolf Point Produce accepted the Entrepreneur of the Year Award; artist Matt Hamilton garnered the Emerging Leader Award, and Shawna Strouth-Shaw of Creekside Family Health Clinic received the First City Rotary’s award for excellent customer service.