Jul. 20—MONTGOMERY — A veteran postal carrier was sworn in at the new postmaster in Montgomery. Indiana Postal District Manager Christi Johnson-Kennedy administered the oath to Shelly Chestnut Tuesday.
"I'm excited, just a little nervous, but I feel wonderful," said Chestnut. "This day means a lot. I am here to serve this community of Montgomery and am excited to become the town's 22nd post master. I'm looking forward to getting involved in the community and providing the best service that Montgomery has yet to see."
Chestnut is no rookie to delivering the mail. She began in 1996 as an assistant rural carrier. Since then, she has had a multitude of positions including regular rural carrier, Rural Academy instructor, and union steward for the National Association of Rural Letter Carriers.
Chestnut is well known in Indiana as a master rural facilitator. As a facilitator she now supervises all new Rural Academy instructors in the Rural Carrier Training Program.
"In my 26 years with the United States Postal Service, I have seen firsthand the role the Postal Service plays connecting neighbors and our community to the nation. Our Post Offices serve as a lifeline for our small businesses to reach customers no matter where they are," said Chestnut. "I am committed to providing reliable customer service and mail delivery to our Montgomery customers, while strengthening the future of this treasured institution."