Sacramento to get first female postmaster

Jagdeep Grewal
Jagdeep Grewal Courtesy of U.S. Postal Service

The Postal Service has been operating in Sacramento since the Gold Rush and Pony Express days, but a woman has never been the city’s postmaster.

That changes Thursday when Jagdeep Grewal will be sworn in on the north steps of the state Capitol as Sacramento’s first woman postmaster, according to the U.S. Postal Service. She will oversee 1,004 employees who process and deliver mail on 537 city routes and 94 rural routes – and fill nearly 20,000 post office boxes.

Grewal, 57, began her career with the Postal Service as a window clerk in 1988. She became a manager five years later and worked her way up the ranks, including a stint as postmaster in Pacifica-Daly City.

Grewal received her bachelor’s degree in education and her master’s degree in language arts from Punjab University in India.

The cash-strapped agency recently reported a net loss of $586 million this spring. The Postal Service has been battling a decline in mail volume due to consumer reliance on the Internet and private company package delivery.

Grewal said she looks forward to working with Sacramento’s Postal Service employees during a challenging time.

“It is only through joint effort and collaboration that we can truly meet our mission of providing extraordinary service while keeping costs down,” said Grewal in a news release.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews