USPS board names new postmaster general

The Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service announced its unanimous selection of Louis DeJoy as organization’s 75th postmaster general and CEO.

DeJoy has more than 35 years of experience in supply chain logistics, program management and transportation support. He is expected to begin serving in his new role June 15.

DeJoy is currently in charge of fundraising for the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, will be the first postmaster general in 20 years who has not come up through the agency’s ranks, according to the Washington Post.   Since January, he has donated over $360,000 to the President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and about $70,000 to the Republican National Committee, according to campaign finance data from the Federal Elections Commission, NBC News said.

Those political ties prompted criticism of the pick.  "President Trump rewards a partisan donor by installing him at the United States Postal Service. The Postal Service is in crisis and needs real leadership and someone with knowledge of the issues,” Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) said. “This crony doesn’t cut it.”

As the Postal Service struggles during with pandemic with the drop-off of first-class mail, it received a $10 billion loan as part of the CARES Act. USPS’ current chief Megan Brennan suggested the organization could take a $13 billion revenue hit in 2020, and the board requested $75 billion in federal support in the next pandemic relief bill.

Trump said he would veto any further relief package that would prop up the finances of the Postal Service, claiming that it would be profitable if it charged more for last-mile delivery of packages from Amazon, Federal Express and UPS.

DeJoy’s appointment comes upon the retirement of Brennan, who announced her intent to step down in October 2019.

Reader comments

Sun, Jun 28, 2020

USPS employees have been undermining theIr duties a long ... change is a good fix

Mon, Jun 1, 2020

If Trump gets voted in again, he will change the US so much more than he has. His idols are Putin and Kim so what does that tell you. He is following the Dictator playbook. Only people who follow his commands can have a job in office his friends are con artists.

Mon, May 11, 2020

Money talks and it goes into PACS. Both the democrats (Hillary, Obama, Pelosi, Schumer) and the republicans (McConnel, Trump, Rand) have profited financially from their patrons/friends.

Sat, May 9, 2020 GoldenBoy

Good deal, Time to privatize the PO like Germany and Japan

Fri, May 8, 2020 Steve Mader Pooler, GA

Being a Republican, and a 40 year retiree from the Postal System, even I have issues with this!! Seems to me that Mr DeJoy spent A LOT of money for a nice cushy job. Not coming up through the ranks means he knows NOTHING about the inner working of the Postal System.

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