|Gering has new postmaster|
|June 13, 2013 Jerry Purvis|
Kathy Goodell, a native of Wray, Colo., has been named the new postmaster for Gering.
She lived in Georgia for 22 years and began her 16-year career with the U.S. Postal Service while there.
“I started out as a substitute carrier,” she said. “From there I became a window clerk and started working my way up.” Eventually she became a fill-in manager and later, postmaster with a small office.
About a year ago, the Postal Service reorganized and about 3,000 postmasters across the nation took early retirement, leaving a number of open positions.
“My parents are still living in Wray and I thought this would be a good time to move closer to home,” she said. “I ended up in Hyannis and was there for six months.”
She said she enjoyed her time at Hyannis and loved the people, but that most services were some distance away. Then she learned about the opening in Gering.
“The community is what I found appealing,” Goodell said. “It’s a nice sized town and about the same size as where I was in Georgia. My first full week on the job was the last of May.”
Although she’s still getting settled in, Goodell said she’s very much enjoying the community. “I’m used to Georgia, so I wonder how I’ll deal with my first winter here. But I’ll worry about that then.”
She said the biggest change she’s seen in the Postal Service was their restructuring last year when thousands of postmasters retired and many offices were consolidated or closed. She also pointed out the Postal Service doesn’t receive taxpayer funds, but operates solely on postage sales.
“We need to do what we can to downsize and become leaner and smarter company,” Goodell said. “We’re probably headed in the right direction, as painful as it is.”
She added the Gering office is in capable hands with several long-time employees who know how the local office operates.
“It will be business as usual,” she said. “It’s been a challenge when they moved all the routes to originate in Scottsbluff. That’s where we have to start when we’re trying to track a package. It’s a change from when everything was in-house and customers could check with their local carrier about delivery.”