Post Office Closures

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 29, 2011

Enid P.O. not certain to close, says postmaster

By Billy Davis

The Enid post office is not certain to shut down despite being considered for closure by the U.S. Postal Service, Enid’s postmaster said this week.

“A lot of folks are panicking. But it’s not a sure thing,” said Preston Gleeton, the longtime postmaster at Enid Post Office.

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The post office is located in Yalobusha County, on the south of end of Enid Lake’s levee.

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has announced it may close as many as 3,700, or 12 percent, of its post offices nationwide, including more than 60 in Mississippi.

There are almost 32,000 post offices operated by the Postal Service, which reported a loss of $2.6 billion after the first quarter of 2011 according to press reports.

The federal agency has said it is attempting to cut costs as it approaches a $15 billion borrowing limit, with the closings expected to save $200 million.

“A lot of the decisions we make around our operations are based on the revenues that come into the operation,” Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said in a statement.

Gleeton said the Enid Post Office employs two full-time employees and two part-timers, who oversee 526 rural route mailboxes and 70 boxes at the post office.

Gleeton said he has accumulated 33 years with the Postal Service, about 17 of them at Enid.

Some of the Mississippi post offices suggested for closing

DUNCAN 38740
DUNDEE 38626
ENID 38927

GRACE 38745