Payson Postmaster Sworn-In

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Nancy Hertel (left), manager of post office operations, congratulates Pam Campbell-Vinson, who was sworn in as Payson’s newest postmaster on Thursday.

Payson’s newest postmaster was sworn in Thursday.

Pam Campbell-Vinson takes over for Michael Ridgway, who left several months ago.

Before coming to Payson, Campbell-Vinson served as the Douglas postmaster for seven years.

Campbell-Vinson’s husband, Gerald Vinson, serves as Flagstaff’s postmaster. The couple lives in Camp Verde, the midway point of both their commutes.

“I am excited to be here,” she said. “It is working out well for both of us.”

Campbell-Vinson took over as interim postmaster in Payson in March.

She started her career with the U.S. Postal Service 26 years ago in Yakima, Wash. as carrier.

When Campbell-Vinson visited relatives in Sierra Vista in 1986, she decided she no longer wanted to deliver mail in two feet of snow and applied for a carrier position in Arizona. For 14 years, Campbell-Vinson delivered mail in Sierra Vista. In 1998, she was promoted to supervisor and in 2003, took over as postmaster in Douglas.

Nancy Hertel, manager of post office operations, said Campbell-Vinson is talented in financial audits, service reviews and mentoring employees to higher-level positions.

In 2011, Campbell-Vinson will take over as president of the Arizona chapter of the National Association of Postmasters of the United States (NAPUS).

Campbell-Vinson’s family and friends attended Thursday’s ceremony.

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