In this 2012 photo, Harmon “Chip” Clemmons holds a cashbook used by the post office in Blackdom, founded by black settlers in 1901 and abandoned in the 1920s, in the Dexter Post Office. The relic was discovered in DPO’s archives and passed on to the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in 2012. (Courtesy photo)
Harmon “Chip” Clemmons started his career with the U.S. Postal Service as a clerk in Casper, Wyo., in 1979.
That was back when automation was taking its first baby steps and postal service employees still had to manually sort mail on a regular basis, sitting on stools and pitching letters into cubby holes.
Clemmons said he has witnessed astounding alterations to the postal service in his 34-year, four-month and 24-day career. He’s seen increased automation of mail sorting and delivery, as well as drastic cuts in staffing.
“I’ve been amazed at the changes I’ve seen,” he said. “There’s so many new things that maybe I’m not even comfortable with.”
Friday, he retired from his role as postmaster at Dexter Post Office after almost 27 years in the position.
Ruth Ann Brown, postmaster at Lake Arthur Post Office and friend of Clemmons, said she hates to see Clemmons retire.
Brown described Clemmons as a mentor and champion of postal service employees. Login to read more