Sussex County named Beverly Downs, of Selbyville, the 2018 Employee of the Year for county government.

This year’s winner was announced during the annual Mildred King Luncheon for the county’s nearly 500 employees. Downs was selected from a field of four employees, quarterly winners this past year, for the honor.

Downs, this year’s first-quarter winner, received a standing ovation as she was presented with a plaque.

“I just appreciate everyone caring and for all of their support,” said Downs, who serves in the county’s facilities management division as the lead custodian. “I’m very humbled by this award. I just try to do the best job that I can each day.”

County Administrator Todd F. Lawson commended Downs for her four years of dedicated service to county government, which began in December 2014. As lead custodian, Downs is responsible for ensuring the county is always presenting its best face and keeping county facilities clean and inviting for guests and staff.