First Class

Along with the recently completed move of the Jamestown post office, the city welcomed its 35th postmaster Wednesday morning.

Teresa Brady was officially sworn in as postmaster and performed her first official duty shortly afterwards, cutting the ribbon for the post office’s new entrance and space, located at 300 E. Third St.

“I’ve been in the Postal Service for 27 years,” said Brady. “I was looking for a job and they offered the test, so I took it. I’ve been very fortunate all of these years to get to where I am now. We’re getting settled into this new space and I look forward to being able to serve the community.”

Brady began her career in the Postal Service as a letter carrier for Jamestown in 1986 before taking an assignment as an accounting technician and eventually, carrier supervisor. Her first postmaster appointment came in 2003 in Mayville. She also served as the postmaster of Falconer and Lakewood before her appointment as Jamestown postmaster.

According to Thomas Szklarz, manager of post office operations for the Western New York district of the Postal Service, candidates for postmaster positions are selected competitively through a series of interviews. Education, work experience and capabilities pertinent to the assignment are evaluated prior to acceptance.

“Today’s Postal Service requires a vast array of skilled persons to work with our customers, to maintain our retail and delivery operations and to manage our complex network of employee programs,” said Szklarz. “One of the strengths of the Postal Service is our commitment to our employees in bringing them up through the ranks. I am delighted Teresa Brady’s talents and interests will now deliver to the Jamestown community in her new capacity as postmaster. That’s good news for us all.”

Brady credits the support of her family, including her daughters, Megan and Kelly; granddaughter, Reagan; her mother; brother, George; and sister, Lori for enabling her to achieve success throughout her postal career. During Wednesday’s ceremony to swear Brady in as the new postmaster, several of her family members were present, including her mother, who held the Bible for Brady.

“There are days when I can’t believe that I was appointed as postmaster of Jamestown,” she said. “I am an employee, the same as any other, with a wider scope of duties. I am successful because of the employees I work with. Most importantly, I look forward to serving the people in the Jamestown area from our new postal space.”

The new location of the Jamestown post office is in the same building as the old office, but comprises a much smaller portion of the building than it did before – 16,000 square feet compared to the original 87,000 square feet. Construction of the new space was completed in January.