Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

U.S. Postmaster General Resigns

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

U.S. Postmaster General Resigns

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Postmaster General Marvin Runyon, credited with modernizing the postal service and turning it into a profitable business, is resigning.

During his six years at the helm of the nation's largest civilian employer, Runyon, 73, was credited with improving delivery of first- class mail while trimming the administrative staff by 23,000.

He also looked to technology to help speed up mail processing. For instance, he added robotic computers, optical character readers and other computer automations. The U.S. Postal Service turned a $1.26 billion profit in 1997 and expects a profitable `98. The Postal Service's financial successes of 1997 follows profits of $1.77 billion in 1995 and $1.57 billion in 1996, after years of red ink. The strong three-year performance trimmed the agency's long-term financial deficiency from $5.9 billion to $1.36 billion. "We have made significant strides in raising our service performance levels, in developing a customer-focused approach to postal issues," Runyon said Wedneday in a statement. …

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