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By Marlana Smith
Bill Reitz brings 22 years of experience in the United States Postal Service (USPS) as he recently filled the position as Central Area H Postmaster after the retirement of Alice Thomas.
Reitz had friends working for the USPS and that’s how his career began in 2002.
Reitz began as a City Carrier in Palmyra before becoming a Supervisor at the Distribution Center in Quincy, Ill., after just two and a half years. For roughly six years Reitz spent his time in Quincy before becoming Postmaster in Macon.
He went back to Quincy and held the position as Postmaster for roughly six years. Before coming to Shelbina, he was the Postmaster at Macon for a year.
Reitz grew up and lives in Shelby County so after Thomas retired Reitz knew Shelby County was where he wanted to be.
The biggest change Reitz has seen since 2002 has been adding Amazon packages into delivery. He started seeing the change between 2011-2012.
The actual mail delivery as in letters, magazines, and catalogs, of the post office has gone down considerably, but the package numbers have gone up considerably.
When Reitz worked as Postmaster in Quincy, approximately 3,000 packages went through postal service daily. He said around the holidays, it roughly doubled.
Reitz will oversee pretty much all of the Shelby County Post Offices. The Postmaster oversees the day-to-day operations and administrative functions.
Shelbina is the managing post office over all the other offices which is why Reitz is mainly in the Shelbina office.
Reitz said if individuals have issues, they can contact the Shelbina Post Office at 573-588-4118.
Outside of work, Reitz and his wife, Heidi, enjoy spending time with his four children and four grandkids. He also enjoys golfing and traveling.