After 34 years in the United States Postal Service, 14 of those spent as postmaster at the Johnson City Post Office, Gail Teegarden is now retiring from her post as a “wonderful career” comes to an end.
After starting her postal career as a PTF clerk at the Odessa Texas Main Post Office in 1979, she served in her first OIC assignment in 1983 and was awarded the Postmaster position in Big Bend National Park. She has held Postmaster positions in Midkifff, Stanton, Alpine, and Crane all before settling in her current position in Johnson City in 1999.
Gail has also served on many details in her career such as city route inspections, rural route inspections, Postmaster Trainer, Pos One instructor and District Pos One Coordinator. Also, in 1998 she was sent to Washington DC to work in retail equipment for the USPS for a year.
Teegarden has even held several positions within the National Association of Post Masters of the United States during her time – which included Secretary, Treasurer, and even National Vice-President from 1998-1999. She will serve her final day as postmaster on Friday, February 1st. She said she is very grateful to have enjoyed such a rewarding career.
“This job has not only been extremely rewarding professionally… I’m very thankful that I was able to have this job,” she said. “As much as you can be excited about a new phase in your life, I’m going to miss my customers and employees.”
Teegarden’s duties have included ensuring everything runs smoothly at the post office, supervising employees and most importantly, helping customers face-to-face.
“I love my job,” she said. “I have been very fortunate and lucky to have this job. I have enjoyed working with the best employees and this community is just great,” she said.
When looking back on her career, Teegarden said the highlights have always been the staff she works with and the customers she sees on a regular basis.
“The thing that has meant the most to me are the employees and the members of the community,” she said. “The customers who come in with a smile everyday and ask you about your day, it’s always wonderful.”
As far as challenges along the way, Gail said she’s definitely not going to miss all of the paperwork. “I’m really going to love not having to run those daily reports,” she said.
Co-worker Madeline Burow worked with Teegarden for the past eleven years. “Not only has [Gail] been an excellent boss and team leader, but a great friend as well. We’re certainly going to miss her here at the Johnson City Post Office, and I wish her a happy retirement,” Burow said.
Teegarden stated, “I have five grandchildren and my intentions are to absolutely enjoy my family and to reconnect with a lot of friends,” she said. “I’ll spend a lot of time relaxing as well.”
Larry Lynch, from the Horseshoe Bay Post Office, will serve as Teegarden’s interim replacement until the official hiring process for a new postmaster begins.
To properly celebrate Teegarden’s successful career a Retirement Party will take place in her honor at the Pecan Street Brewery in Johnson City from 3:00 – 5:00 pm on Saturday, February 2nd, 2013. Friends and post office customers are encouraged to come bid Gail a happy retirement!