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New postmaster comes to town

DARIN OLDE, Sierra Sun

Managing town growth is a challenge shared by all Truckee residents, but the challenge is increasing by the truckload for Caroline Cutler, Truckee’s new postmaster.

“One of my biggest challenges is managing the growth going on in Truckee,” she said. “If you look at this office, it was originally designed for post office boxes, not mail delivery.”

Now with two post offices, nine rural home delivery routes and 32 employees, the United States Post Office (USPS) in Truckee is looking to acquire a larger building to meet the needs of a booming community.

“The site has not been selected but headquarters has approved the funding for the new building, which is a big step,” she said.

An 11-year postal employee, Cutler moved to the Truckee branch from the Crystal Bay office on Aug. 12. She has lived in Incline Village for the past 26 years.

Cutler was only 21 when she moved to Lake Tahoe. A student of nursing and clothing design at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Cutler decided Lake Tahoe was where she wanted to be, so she moved.

In 1989, she took her first job for the USPS.

“I was the area’s first real carrier for rural delivery. Before that there were only post office boxes, so I guess it was a Snowshoe Thompson kind-of-a-story,” she joked.

Cutler worked her way up the postal hierarchy at the Crystal Bay office and was the Supervisor there before taking the job in Truckee.

“My father is a retired postal worker, so I guess that helped draw me to the field,” she said. “I like the service industry of communication, and – I’ll admit – I like the security of the postal service.”

A mother of two, Cutler said she will likely move to Truckee after her son, the younger of her two children, finishes his senior year at Incline Village High School.

Besides parenting two children, Cutler enjoys dabbling in fine arts, and has sold a few of her oil paintings in the last few years.

“I’m thrilled to be here, and I look forward to meeting more people in the community,” she said.

Cutler invites residents who would like to see Truckee’s postal service improve to introduce themselves and voice their concerns.

“I’d like to hear how residents feel we can improve and provide better service,” she said.

Cutler will be sworn-in as the official postmaster Monday, Oct. 9 at the downtown Truckee Post Office at 10 a.m.


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