By Jessie R. Box
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Erica Carmichael started at the Madison County Post Office on March 8 of this year. She also serves as the administrator of the Pinetta Post Office.
She was born in Camilla, Ga. and now lives in Valdosta, Ga. where she is planning to remain for the time being because her daughter is still in high school. Carmichael says that despite having to get up early, she enjoys the beautiful drive to work.
As the new postmaster, Carmichael has one main goal. “I really want to get out into the community and let the businesses and the community know what the postal service has available to them,” said Carmichael.
Among the available postal services, she wants the community to know about Priority Mail shipping and the Every Door Direct Mail, where businesses can have carriers put advertisements in every mailbox.
Carmichael became involved with the postal service in 1990 when she was attending Valdosta State College. The post office had a summer program, where they hired college students in a non-career position in order to help them with their tuition.
In 2001, she had the opportunity to take the postal exam and was able to come on as a career employee. She was a supervisor in Valdosta and then became a postmaster.
She loves Madison and the community that has been so welcoming to her.
“Everyone that I have met has been so nice and friendly and welcoming and I really appreciate that.”
Charmichael is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the members of the local chapter met with her to welcome her to Madison. The members of the Treasures of Madison County have also welcomed her.
Her favorite book is the Bible which she spends a lot of time reading. Her favorite song is “This Is My Season,” by William Murphy. Her favorite quote is, “All are within my power but I will not put myself under the power of anyone of all things,” by Lightfoot.
Her daughter plays basketball, so they enjoy time together by watching basketball games. Carmichael does not have a favorite team; she roots for whichever team her daughter is rooting for.
Carmichael’s hero is her mother. “She’s been very instrumental in my life,” said Carmichael. “I really look up to her. She’s helped me out so much. Whenever I need someone to talk to she always gives positive advice.”
Carmichael describes herself as a positive, fair and outgoing person.
Next time you are in the Madison County Post Office, say hello to the new postmaster, Erica Carmichael.