New Postmaster Has A Familiar Face

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For the first time in 15 years, almost-Payson-native Lori Shewey has weekends off.

Payson's new postmaster officially takes over operations on Saturday, Jan. 21.

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Lori Shewey officially becomes Payson's postmaster Jan. 21. She has been with the postal service for 15 years.

Shewey started her civil service career at the Pine Post Office as a clerk in May 1991.

She said she tried to learn everything that was available to learn. When Pine Postmaster Mike McManus was away, Shewey was the acting postmaster.

"Once I got into learning the financial part of everything, I knew being a postmaster was what I wanted to do," she said.

"I'm ready to give back to the community. If anybody has any concerns or issues, my door is always open," Shewey said.

Her project for the first half of this year is route realignment. She said it is needed because of the growth in Payson. The goal of the project is to provide more timely delivery to customers, which includes possibly adding another route.

"I have about 409 deliveries that I am adding that we are not actually getting credit for and approximately 700 more have been approved by the Town of Payson," she said.

Shewey has lived in Payson since second grade.

Now that she has achieved her career goal she plans to keep playing town sports and spending time with her significant other of 12 years, Vern Havens. She said she is especially excited about having more time to be able to watch her son Ashton pitch for Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

"He's been drafted by the Cleveland Indians," she said.

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