For Drew Johnson, Jr., the Corsicana postmaster for the last seven years, his post office adventure is finally drawing to a close.
After 30 years and five months, Johnson, 57, is retiring from the U.S. Post Office.
Johnson got into the postal service because he wanted to travel less. He’d been with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization office, in the pre-Homeland Security days, and was on the road two weeks out of every month. The post office looked steadier.
He started out as a mail handler and then became a clerk and then a mail carrier in 1985. He’s been a supervisor and manager, and now a postmaster.
“I guess this is probably my favorite,” he said. “I’ve been here longest as postmaster.”
Johnson lives in Desoto, and after retirement he intends to spend his leisure hours volunteering at Desoto High School.
He never moved to Corsicana because until recently he was also in the Air Force Reserves and needed to be closer to the Metroplex for that job.
Being in the military helped him in the post office, Johnson said.
“They give you a good basis for being a good manager and working with people,” he said. “You have to have good working skills, and the Air Force taught me that very well.”
The changes he’s seen have to do with automation and efficiency within the Post Office, he said. In years past, each carrier prepared their own bundles of mail, and now 95 percent of the sorting is done in Dallas.
Johnson is leaving the post office, but he still sees a future for the federal corporation.
“I don’t think any company would carry mail to every household in the U.S. and make money.”
An example of the agency’s future is in package delivery. In Corsicana, for example, the post office delivers 75 percent of the UPS and FedEx parcels each morning, and has for the past five years.
“I think there will always be a future for the post office, really,” he said.