Winnsboro Post Office Welcomes New Master

Mickey Gibson, the new face of the Winnsboro Post Office.

Winnsboro’s new Postmaster, Mickey Gibson, rolled into town two weeks ago ready to work and fairly bounding with energy. Whether orienting himself to his new work with one of his 12 or so employees or working individually with customers to help solve a postal problem, Gibson is a man of action with an old fashioned ready-to-get-the-job-done attitude.

“Being a postmaster is an enormous amount of work and a lot of problems come up,” Gibson said, “but I like dealing with problems, figuring them out and fixing them. I like making things better.”

Gibson, who grew up in Manning and has served almost 30 years in the military, mostly in the Army Reserve, said he is grateful for his job. “I love coming to work every day, and I’m glad to be here in Winnsboro. This is a fine post office, but I’m here to make it better.” Gibson said.

Gibson said that while he doesn’t anticipate any major changes at the post office, he plans to improve customer service.

“Customer service can always be improved in any business,” Gibson said. “The same is true here. And we’re going to work every day on improving that service for our customers. I’m going to be looking first at what we’ve got here. The negative national publicity is a challenge for the post office these days. To save money, we’re now closed an hour for lunch and the window hours have been cut back. This is seen as an inconvenience for our customers. We’ll be working hard to overcome some of those negatives with better service. That’s our goal.”

While Winnsboro has not been considered a growth area in recent years, Gibson said there are some signs of growth that are showing up in the local mail service. “Already we’re seeing new addresses pop up as some folks affiliated with the proposed (addition to the) nuclear facility move in,” he said. “I expect we’re going to see more of that.”

Gibson began his career with the postal service in 1994 as a clerk in the Orangeburg Post Office and later worked as a customer service supervisor in Columbia. He became a station manager in Camden in 2000 and Postmaster in Bishopville in July 2011. He is married with two sons, ages 18 and 20.

An obvious ball of energy, Gibson said one of his goals in any work place is to be efficient, and he plans to incorporate more efficiency into the Winnsboro Post Office operations.

“It’s important that we don’t spend time doing those things that we should not be doing,” Gibson said. “We want to serve the customers of Winnsboro in ways that will enhance the service we provide them.”

Gibson said he is looking forward to getting to know his Winnsboro customers in the coming months.

“I really like it here,” Gibson said. “This is a fine post office and my pledge is to make it better.”

Gibson can be reached at 803-6435-4741. Post Office hours are Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m.

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