Embracing the Role

Arizona District Manager John DiPeri swears in Albuquerque Postmaster Severo Garza. Severo’s wife, Sylvia Guerra-Garza, looks on as her husband accepts the responsibility of his new position.

Arizona District Manager John DiPeri swears in Albuquerque Postmaster Severo Garza. Severo’s wife, Sylvia Guerra-Garza, looks on as her husband accepts the responsibility of his new position.

Last month, newly appointed Albuquerque, NM, Postmaster Severo Garza had the opportunity to enjoy a memorable installation ceremony celebrating his new position. With guests including former Postal Service Board of Governor Member Mickey Barnett, Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Alex O. Romero, as well as Arizona District Manager John DiPeri, the event was well received by an enthusiastic crowd at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

In addition to the uplifting comments by event speakers, audience members had the opportunity to enjoy the musical styling of Mariachi Nacional.

Garza is the 26th Albuquerque Postmaster with a breadth of responsibility that includes 22 Post Office stations and branches, four Post Office Express units, five Contract Postal Units, and more than 900 employees.

Albuquerque’s First Female Carrier Retires

Albuquerque carrierIn 1973, Carolyn Gustafson was the second female letter carrier hired at the Naperville, IL, Post Office. Though the position was challenging, she enjoyed the work and stayed in the same office for five years until she decided it was time to move to a warmer climate.

After an exploratory visit, Gustafson decided to make the transition to Albuquerque, NM, in 1978, and in doing so, became the first female letter carrier in the city. She was promoted to customer services supervisor 9 years later and served in other supervisory capacities before eventually becoming the Postmaster of Elephant Butte, NM. On March 3, Gustafson will finish her postal career with 41 years of service.

“I have been blessed with a wonderful career and have come to realize that it is time for me to go,” said Gustafson. ”I have made many friends and will miss everyone.”

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