U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski sees the hire of another worker in the Skagway post office as a step toward getting residents “the kind of postal service they can count on.”
Murkowski raised concerns about staffing and mail delays following a visit to Skagway in May. Since then, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service says things have changed.
Ernie Swanson says deliveries are being made on time, and complaints have subsided. He says an employee is being transferred from Juneau to Skagway, and the agency will continue to bring additional workers from Juneau, as needed. He says the agency also is looking to hire employees locally, if possible, for temporary positions.
The Skagway post office is authorized for four positions, including the postmaster. The summer tourism season is especially busy.
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