Dean Fields is new Sanford postmaster

Sep. 21, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

Dean Fields has been named the new Sanford postmaster, having worked his way up the ranks over the years from a job as a rural mail carrier. He replaces Darlene Williams, who became postmaster of Asheboro last year.

Fields brings 25 years of experience to his new job, according to a press release from the U.S. Postal Service. He began his career in Asheboro as a rural carrier and was later promoted to supervisor in Burlington before moving on to acting postmaster positions in Wilson and Chapel Hill. He served as postmaster of Salisbury and Fayetteville before taking over in Sanford earlier this month.

“I look forward to working with businesses in the area and introducing them to postal products,” Fields is quoted as saying. “My goals are to ensure that our staff is proficiently trained and knowledgeable to better serve our customers.”

The Sanford Post Office is located at 1200 S. Horner Blvd, where Fields is responsible for more than 16.5 million pieces of mail being delivered annually to 28,900 delivery addresses and nearly 2,000 post office boxes. The office is open for retail business 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. There's also an Automated Postal Center open 24 hours a day.

"These are challenging, but exciting times for the Postal Service," Fields said. "We continue to see growth in our package business and are offering small businesses an economical advertising option with Every Door Direct Mail."

Fields, a native of Climax, now lives in Sanford. He has been married for 27 years and has two children.

"I look forward to becoming involved in community activities and will encourage my employees to do the same," he said.