Karen “Beth” Tucker was officially installed as postmaster at the Palestine United States Post Office Friday surrounded by co-workers, family and friends.
Tucker has served as Palestine's Postmaster since Dec. 14, 2013.
“I'm thrilled to be in Palestine,” Tucker said during the ceremony.
Tucker began her career with the United States Postal Service in 1989 as a rural carrier associate in Cushing. From there, she became a city carrier and clerk for Rusk in 1990 and a window/distribution clerk in 1991. She transferred to the Jacksonville Main Post Office in 2001 before graduating from the Associate Supervisor Program that same year.
She served as postmaster of New London in 2004 and postmaster of Alto in 2006 before joining the Route Count and Inspection Team in 2005, which lasted through October of this year, up to her current promotion as Palestine Postmaster.
“When I was going to college, I was looking for a part-time job — that's how I started working for the post office. It turned out to be my career,” Tucker said.
Tucker received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 2001.
Tucker lives in Rusk with her teen daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys scuba driving, horseback riding, reading and spending time with her family, friends and pets.