Steamboat seeking new postmaster

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— Nancy Cummins is running the Steamboat Springs Post Office this summer after Postmaster Bill Butler made his retirement official.

Officially, Cummins is the "officer in charge" at the Post Office.

Cummins has been customer service supervisor for two years, and confirmed she will be a candidate for the full-time postmaster position.

Butler left the Steamboat post office in early April to take a temporary assignment on the Front Range pending his retirement June 3.

Cummins rep-laced another interim postmaster on May 13, assuming the role of officer in charge.

Butler said this week he is enjoying life working as a commercial hot air balloon pilot and in a local fly-fishing shop.

Cummins said the position of Steamboat Springs postmaster would be formally advertised within the U.S. Postal Service system, perhaps within two weeks. The job will remain "up for bid" by qualified employees for 30 days.

Cummins anticipates it may be September before the permanent position is filled.

Butler was named officer in charge at the local post office Dec. 6, 1999, and was named postmaster March 19, 2000. He came to Steamboat from Pinetop-Lakeside, Ariz., and replaced then retiring postmaster Doug Beaty.


-- To reach Tom Ross call 871-4205 or

e-mail tross@steamboatpilot.com

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