New Medina Postmaster takes the oath

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 August 2015 at 12:00 am

Scott Streebel said Postal Service remains ‘valuable necessity’

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – The Medina community has a new Postmaster to lead an office of 15 workers, making sure about 20,000 pieces of mail each day reach the 4,900 addresses in the 14103 zip code.

Scott G. Streebel, center, took the oath of office on Friday when he was sworn in as the 27th Postmaster. He is pictured with recently retired postmaster Charles Carpenter, left, and Jason Domagala, manager of Post Office operations for 98 post offices in the 140-141 area.

“It’s in good hands with him at the helm,” Carpenter said about Streebel.

Streebel began his 12-year postal career as a city carrier in Buffalo in 2003. He was promoted to a supervisor position at the Buffalo Processing and Distribution Center in 2006. He has held additional supervisor positions at Buffalo stations and branches, and has filled in as the Postmaster of Medina intermittently over the last six years.

Streebel said electronic communications – email and text messages – have reduced personal correspondence through the mail. But there is still a big volume for delivery packages, magazines, letters and other mail, including medicine.

“I still see it as a valuable necessity for America,” he said about the Postal Service.

Carpenter served as Medina Postmaster for 11 years. He likes how the Postal Service staff gets to know the residents in the Medina community, and tries hard to accommodate resident requests.

Charles Carpenter shakes the hand of Scott G. Streebel, the new Postmaster in Medina.

A big variable with the mail delivery is the weather, Carpenter said. A snowstorm locally, or even outside the area, can present a challenge with timely delivery. But Carpenter said the Postal Service is dedicated to the job.

Domagala said the Postmaster role continues to evolve and become more complex. He said Streebel has the skills for the job.

“In today’s business environment, a Postmaster needs to be able to work with our customers, maintain our retail and delivery operations, and manage our complex network of employee programs,” said Domagala. “Scott is well qualified to fulfill the role and is an asset to the Postal Service and to the community he serves.”

Some other tidbits about the Medina Post Office:

George E. Callaghan was the longest tenured Postmaster with 32 years from April 1937 to September 1969.

Rosemary Gorman was the first woman to serve in the role on January 1993. She is currently the Postmaster in East Amherst.

The Post Office was built in 1931 at West Avenue and West Center Street. It has a Colonial Revival style and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the only Post Office in the state with this particularly ornate design.