Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

New Manager/postmaster to Stress Service, Safety / 30-Year Veteran Takes Reins

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

New Manager/postmaster to Stress Service, Safety / 30-Year Veteran Takes Reins

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Oklahoma City's new sectional center manager/postmaster, Barbara Weir, will put service and safety first in an effort to step up the efficiency of local operations, she said Monday following her installation ceremony.

A 30-year veteran of the U.S. Postal Service, Weir takes the helm of the 38th largest sectional center in terms of revenue production in the nation, administering 188 post offices, including all ofOklahoma City and offices as far north as Enid and as far east as Shawnee.

The area covers all post offices with zip codes beginning with 748, 737, 731 or 730.

She serves in one of three sectional centers in the state under the Oklahoma district office of the postal services. Sister offices are located in Lawton and Tulsa. A fourth center under district jurisdictiion is in Lubbock, Texas.

For the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, revenue by the postal service in the area served by the Oklahoma City sectional center reached $139.79 million, up 3.5 percent from $134.8 million during the previous year. Operating expenses for the fiscal year were $129.79 million, an increase of 7.8 percent over $120.29 million, according to reports released by postal authorities. Total expenditures for the fiscal year were $130.5 million, up 8.2 percent over $120.57 million the previous year.

Some 3.5 million pieces of mail pass through the Oklahoma City facility on a daily average.

Although she didn't forsee sweeping changes, she did say labor relations will be of a primary importance to her.

"I don't know that I'm going to do anything different," (from previous administrator, John Jackson, who retired from the post Jan. 3), she said, "but I know that I will put emphasis on service and safety. That in itself is going to make it (local operations) more economical."

In order to implement improvements, Weir said she intends to involve employees.

"We simply have to listen to those employees out there who know how to do things, and not be autocratic," she said. …

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