A town employee praised for his team spirit and a local lawyer-developer described as a pillar of the community were presented with the town's top civic honors Wednesday at the Board of Selectmen meeting.

Craig Kimball, who works in the town's IT Department, was named "Employee of the Year," while Peter Penczer was awarded the "Fairfielder of the Year" honor.

"It's been a pleasure trying to help everyone," Kimball said. He was nominated by co-workers Bill Hurley, Juliana Harris and Tom Dubroski.

In nominating Kimball, Harris said, "Craig has been responsible for bringing a lot unity together for all employees of the town of Fairfield." At the selectmen's meeting, Harris particularly cited Kimball's role in organizing a wiffle ball tournament last summer as part of the town's 375th anniversary celebrations.

"There's no finer person, I think, in the IT Department," Dubroski said, while Hurley said Kimball is always ready to help, at all hours of the day. "Craig has always been available," Hurley said. "I think the committee made an excellent choice."

Penczer, a graduate of West Point and Yale Law School and also the chairman of the town's Economic Development Commission, should be "marked a town treasure," said former town official Sherri Steeneck, one of two people to submit Penczer's name for consideration.

Steeneck said Penczer is generous with his time, talent and money. He is a member of the Rotary Club, a board member of the International Institute of Connecticut, and serves on the boards of Science Park in New Haven, the Fairfield Museum and History Center, and the Klein Memorial in Bridgeport. Penczer also was instrumental in the establishing the Fairfield Theatre Co.

David Gorbach, who also nominated Penczer, said that as a real estate agent, he often has had clients for buildings Penczer owns, but finds out the space isn't available because Penczer is letting a non-profit use the space.

"Peter is a gentleman," Gorbach said.

In his remarks to the gathering, Penczer emotionally recalled advice he got from his father: "The town has been good to you; you have to be good to the town."