Archive for Friday, October 30, 2009

Postmaster sent to temporary address

October 30, 2009


Mike Behrend is the new officer-in-charge of the Lawrence post office, while Postmaster Judy Raney fills in elsewhere for a postmaster who recently retired.

Richard Watkins, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service, said Behrend would serve as officer-in-charge — the formal label for acting postmaster — in Lawrence until Raney’s return.

Just when that might occur is unknown at this time, Watkins said.

Raney is one of many postmasters and others working on “detail,” Watkins said, as postal employees who started in the 1970s move into retirement. The postal service also has been offering early retirements to reduce its payroll.


News_to_me 8 years, 7 months ago

Sorry, but that information is not totally accurate. Ms. Raney was removed from the Lawrence Post Office for refusing to discipline a supervisor for overtime use. When she refused to do that she was sent home immediately. This happened more than two months ago. Kudos to her for standing up to the increasing micro-management from upper management. Postmasters around the country are being verbally assaulted on a daily basis by bean counters pushing buttons in distant places.

News_to_me 8 years, 7 months ago

To continue the story, Mr Behrend was removed from his position as Station Manager at the Downtown Post Office about a year ago for continued verbal harassment of employees and numerous EEO complaints. Perhaps removing Ms. Raney was a means to return him as an "acting" Postmaster, in spite of his continuing record of abuses.

frank regnier 8 years, 7 months ago

news_to_me has the article stated "accurately". I know, because I still work there myself and that is "exactly" what is being told around the workroom floor. The article should not be withdrawn.

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