The interim title comes off and on Saturday, April 9, Teanna Giles will officially be the new postmaster in Purcell.
She was named the interim postmaster here following the retirement of Mike Riddle.
Teanna, who has worked for the Postal Service 17 years, was a mail carrier in Yukon for 14 years and in management for the past three.
During those three years, she has worked as a supervisor at Mustang with interim stints at Cyril, McLoud.
“I am very excited about being selected for the postmaster position here in Purcell. I am proud to take the job and will strive to serve the community well,” Giles said.
She said the Purcell post office has a staff of 11 including herself.
“They’re a good group of employees,” she said, adding that she hopes to fill three vacancies soon.
Those are two carriers in the city and one rural carrier.
The openings are posted on usps.com.
“The more who apply, the better it is for me to find somebody,” she said.
She had two weeks notice before stepping in at Purcell. And she’s been busy cleaning and walking through downtown to meet customers, some of whom have moved their postal business out of town.
“I’m trying to meet people and get them to use the post office here,” she said.
So far her reception has been “enthusiastic.”
“Everybody is happy about coming to this office now,” she said.
Teanna joined the Postal Service right out of high school.
Her parents gave her three options – go to college, enlist in the military or “find a good paying job.”
She was turned off of college when she figured how much debt she would incur while earning a degree. And the military? She considered the Air Force, but admits it “freaked me out a little bit.”
The Postal Service turned out to be the perfect fit.
She doesn’t miss being a carrier and said her supervisor status suits her.
“I get to take my skill set and teach younger people,” she said.
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