The hunt is officially started to find Conneaut’s top citizen for 2013.

The Conneaut Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the award, which will be bestowed at the organization’s annual membership dinner Feb. 4 at the Conneaut Human Resources Center.

Citizens are welcome to submit nominations, Wendy DuBey, Chamber executive director, said Monday. The winner will be selected by past recipients and former Chamber presidents, she said.

The award is given to a person who has “made Conneaut a better place in which to live, work and play,” according to a statement. All nominees must have a history of community service, DuBey said. A brief biography should be included, she said. More than 10 people were nominated for the 2012 award, DuBey said.

Last year’s winner was Keith Schreiber, owner and operator of Conneaut’s Dairy Queen Restaurant, who was recognized for his “willingness to go above and beyond and his ‘never say no’ attitude,” according to a statement.

February’s ceremony will mark 60 years of nearly-continuous annual recognition. Except for a few lapses in the 1970s, the Chamber has handed out the award yearly since 1954.

The chamber is also pleased the CHRC will host the next event. “We’ll have plenty of elbow room,” DuBey said.

Also to be announced at the dinner will be the Chamber “Champions,” three awards — Professional Achievement, Leadership and President — that recognize business and community achievement. “Champions” may only be nominated by Chamber members in good standing, DuBey said.

Dinner reservations must be made by Jan. 31. Cost is $30 for Chamber members, $35 for non-members. For more information, contact the Chamber at 593-2402.

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