Kay Anderson now holds the honor of being the first woman appointed by the U.S. Postal Service as postmaster at the Harlan Post Office.
Her appointment took effect Nov. 30.
Years ago, postmasters were commissioned by governors and/or state legislators instead of being appointed, said Anderson. After researching the issue, she found on Oct. 1, 1911, a woman by the name of Nanny L. Ward was commissioned as postmaster at the Harlan Post Office.
“The postal service does have a position called officer in charge and several women have in the past held that position including myself,” said Anderson. “They were put in that position until a postmaster could be appointed.”
Beginning her career with the U.S. Postal Service in 1983 at the Baxter Post Office as a rural carrier associate, Anderson said she worked on Saturdays and as needed. She was brought to the Harlan Post Office in 1993 to work as a carrier, but before her paperwork was finished she applied for a clerk position, which had opened there, and was hired to that position.
In 1999, Anderson was appointed postmaster at the Bledsoe Post Office and then in 2002 she was appointed postmaster at the Baxter Post Office. In September 2013, she was appointed postmaster at the Loyall Post Office before her recent appointment at the Harlan facility.
“I’ve been with the U.S. Postal Service for the last 29 years,” said Anderson. “There has been a lot of changes since I first began. I’m glad for the opportunity I have been given. I hope to stay here at the Harlan Post Office until I retire. I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to work with me. I love my job and I appreciate the postal service. I’m very fortunate to be where I am. I started at the bottom, mopping floors and painting the parking lot. I’ve waited on customers and been out in a vehicle delivering mail. I’ve dealt with upset customers, all the while working my way up to the position of postmaster. I think by having been in all those other positions it enables me to be a better postmaster.”
She attends the Harlan Methodist Church.
Anderson and her husband, Mike, who recently retired from Kentucky Utilities, reside at Baxter. They have three sons: Sam and his wife Michelle, of Harlan; Jeremiah and his wife Tera Beth, of Atlantic City, N.C.; and Jacob and his wife Nikki, of Columbus, Ohio.
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