After 30 years in the U.S. Postal Service, Brainerd Postmaster Warren McQuay is retiring.
McQuay, who succeeded Don Rasmussen more than four years ago in Brainerd, put in his last day of service Tuesday. McQuay said 30 years was enough time to be in the business, plus he met the U.S. Postal Service retirement requirements.
Kristi Weideman, who is the station manager in Baxter, will temporarily replace McQuay until a full-time postmaster is named.
McQuay said his years in Brainerd have brought several successes as well as disappointments. In 2003, he said the post office remodeled its loading dock to increase safety for its employees, added five sorting machines to increase efficiency and issued the Purple Heart stamp and special stamp cancellation that was only available in Brainerd.
Brainerd Postmaster Warren McQuay stood Tuesday in front of the Brainerd post office. It was McQuay's last day after 30 years with the U.S. Postal Service. Brainerd Dispatch/Jennifer Stockinger » Purchase reprints of this photo.
McQuay said his disappointments were that a Baxter post office never became a reality and that the Brainerd post office never was approved for more parking, including parking for the handicapped.
"I hope these two issues don't die," said McQuay.
The thing McQuay will miss the most are the people. McQuay said the post office has good people who make customer service stronger and better.
McQuay said he plans to build a home in Central America within the next year. He said when he was young he stayed in Latin America for seven years as a Peace Corps volunteer.
"I want to watch the waves come in," he said. "I like to move around a lot."
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