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Chandler retires from post office

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By Leslie Moore

 

After 37 years of public service, United States Postal Service sales service associate Terri Chandler has retired.

Her coworkers and family hosted a retirement party in her honor on Thursday.

Chandler's career began at the Social Security Administration. She transferred to the Campbellsville post office in 1981.

"I loved interacting with the public," Chandler said. "You're accountable for everything you do here. I took it very serious."

Retail associate Damarco Richardson worked with Chandler for 26 years and said he has learned a lot from his former supervisor.

"She's meticulous about her work, and if you don't do it right, she'll tell you," Richardson said.

Chandler said she plans to spend her retirement years traveling, volunteering and playing bridge. She has hopes to finish her college degree.

"I'm going back to complete my bachelor's [degree]," Chandler said. "I want to do that for me."

Though she said believes she is blessed to be able to retire at 57, saying goodbye to coworkers and the many customers she helped every day was not easy.

Fellow employee Hartley Ritchey, who worked with Chandler for 16 years, said he is happy for Chandler, but at the same time hates to see her go.

"I've learned a lot from her," Ritchey said. "She takes time to explain everything that management tells you you need to do."

Ritchey said Chandler has long been known as the office go-to person for questions about everything from passports to parcel regulations.

"I've enjoyed working with her. It's been a pleasure," Richardson said. "A lot of these people I see more than my own family, so they are my family."

When presented with her service award, Chandler couldn't help but shed a few tears.

"You live for this day and when it gets here, it's bittersweet."