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Postmaster ships his last letter
Silverdale postal patrons may notice a new face at the main post office on Silverdale Way, but officials hope the change will be seamless.
After more than eight years as Silverdale postmaster and 36 years in the industry, Larry Christensen, 55, retired Friday Oct. 31.
New postmaster Jim Espenson, the stampmeister for Port Townsend for the past 18 years takes the helm Monday, Nov. 3.
Ive got traveling. I got grandkids to watch. Ive got more projects than you can shake a stick at to do around the house, Christensen said Friday.
On Thursday, Christensen was honored with a retirement ceremony at the Silverdale Post office. Postmasters from eastern and southern Washington attended the event.
Hes been good, he really has been good, said Dan Caratachea, supervisor for customer services, who has worked with Christensen for the past two years.
The Silverdale facility oversees 13 rural routes and rural carriers, 14 clerks and 20 mail deliverers. They handle about 25,000 letters, 5,000 magazines and about 1,000 parcels a day.
Weve got an excellent crew here. Weve got great customer service. Its just a nice area, Christensen said.
He went into the postal business in 1967 as a clerk just two months out of high school and has held various management positions since then including ones in Snoqualmie and Kent.
This is the greatest bunch of employees that any business can ever have, he said of the postal service.
Its hard work, but its gratifying work, Christensen said.
Its a constantly changing environment. It keeps you fresh, keeps your energy level up, Espenson said.
You dont have time to rest in this business. None of our employees can step back and say Great work done because its constantly moving. Its like refueling an airplane in flight, you cant stop and get off, he said.
Espenson said Silverdale offered a change and a challenge.
Im at a point in my career where I was looking for a change. Silverdale has rural route delivery, thats a little bit different than Ive been managing in Port Townsend. Port Townsend has city delivery, the 54-year-old Espenson said.
He and his family is seriously considering a move to the Central Kitsap area, but for now he will commute across the Hood Canal Bridge from Port Townsend.