New postmaster has plans up his sleeve

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The people in Socorro can say “oh wait a minute” because there is a new postmaster in town.

Nothing can stop the mail from being delivered in any kind of weather with Paul Bustamante as Socorro’s new postmaster. Bustamante took his new title as postmaster on Dec. 29, 2012.

This is Bustamante’s hometown. He held the title as officer in charge at the Post Office on and off from 2004 to 2011 for the last acting postmaster, he said. The former Socorro postmaster Karla Murphy left for a promotion to a larger office, he said.

As postmaster he oversees budget operations and oversees office and hourly overtime shift issues and supervises employees. Bustamante also keeps up with staffing, stocking supplies and stamps, stock reserve and keeps vehicles running in good order and safety, he said.

“As postmaster I am looking forward to communication with the public and their needs,” Bustamante said.

He said it took him seven years to land a job with the post office. In 1985 he took a test, and five years later he was called for a job and started working as a temp. He likes working with the Post Office and said there are challenging times to get the mail out. In Socorro, he was a postal employee for 20 years and a supervisor for eight years. He left Socorro two years ago and was offered a job in Albuquerque where he worked the graveyard shift at Albuquerque Sorting Facility and the plant and distribution center, he said. He worked nights for a year and applied back in Socorro when there was a job opening.

As the new postmaster for improvements he hopes for on time and accurate delivery so people get the right mail, he said.

There is always room for improvement, he said. Bustamante would like to thank the employees for being supportive on his return to Socorro and Mike Kreger who retired at the end of January and who told him about the job opening.

“I think, for improvement, we strive to get working on the processing side to get mail out on time.” Bustamante said.