New postmaster installed in Macon

Melissa A. Ward was sworn in as the 38th postmaster of Macon on Thursday at an installation ceremony at Washington Park.

The Atlanta native and graduate of Clayton State College has served in the position since 2007 after relocating from the Atlanta area.

A nearly 20-year employee of the U.S. Postal Service, Ward joined the service as a rural carrier in Stockbridge. She has held various supervisory and managerial roles at branches in metropolitan Atlanta and in 2002, she received the service’s Southeast Area Vice President’s Award.

Ward was recognized for her professionalism, knowledge of postal service operations and well-developed interpersonal skills.

Macon Mayor Robert Reichert presented Ward with a proclamation on behalf on the city and declared Thursday to be Melissa A. Ward Day in Macon.

Ward said she would like to develop the relationship between the postal service and Macon’s business community.

“I’ll also be focusing on guaranteeing more timely deliveries,” she said.

There are 112 postal routes and approximately 280 postal employees in Macon and Bibb County.