Wrapping up her postal career

Ogden Postmaster Joan Eslick retires after 35 years. -Reporter photo by Kathy Pierce

We are all going to miss her smiling face, one we have grown familiar with over the past five years seeing her standing behind the counter of the Ogden Post Office. After 35 years with the United States Postal Service Joan Eslick is retiring. Eslick started her postal career in 1982 as a clerk in Scranton and took over as postmaster in July of 1989. She served there for 30 years, before moving to the Ogden location.

“Ogden’s been a good town to finish out my career,” says Eslick who drives back and forth from Scranton, a 60-mile round trip. “I’ll miss seeing all the people and my co-workers, but I won’t miss the road construction and detours.” 

Although Eslick was adamant about not having a retirement party, friends from the postal community stopped by on her last day here, Friday, July 28, shared stories and presented her with a certificate from the district manager. Her son Markus drove from Ankeny, and in celebration of the event, took his mom out for lunch.

Eslick says she’ll take some time and just enjoy retirement, but knows she’ll eventually look for a part time job.

Co-worker Jo Capps will be the OIC (Officer in Charge) until the postmaster position can be filled. Assisting her in the office is postal clerk Kari Seiser.