On Thursday, Nov. 29, many met at the Bloomfield Post Office to see Shirley Cunningham formally installed into the Bloomfield Post office.
Cunningham started as a clerk in Bloomfield and held the position for 12 years from 1992 to 2005. From there, she became the postmaster of Fordice and stayed there for three years. After Fordice, she became the postmaster in Crofton for 10 years.
“Feels like coming home,” Cunningham said.
The friendly, light hearted swearing in of Cunningham was filled with friends and co-workers past and present.
The Manager of Post Office Operations, or area manager, read one of the Post Offices unofficial slogans aloud.
“Messenger of sympathy and love, servant of parted friends, counselor of the lonely, bond of the scattered family,enlarger of the common life, carrier of news and knowledge, instrument of trade and industry, promoter of mutual acquaintance of peace and goodwill among men and nations,” she said.
The slogan really translates what anyone working in the postal service does on a day to day basis.
Cunningham put her hand on the Bible as she swore to handle the mail with care, to conduct herself in the highest possible manner, and keep the integrity of the office and the postal service as a whole intact.