Wilkinson Takes Over as Corsicana Postmaster
Rick Wilkerson is the
new postmaster for the Corsicana United States Post Office. Wilkinson
has lived in the area for several years, and now he works here.Daily
Sun photo/BARBARA FORMAN
By BARBARA FORMAN/Daily Sun Staff
There is a new postmaster in Corsicana. Although new
to the position, he is not new to the area.
Rick Wilkinson has been a busy man. He started out in
Tennessee then moved to North Carolina. He said he liked the east but his wife
preferred the west. To combine their interest the logical solution was to
settle somewhere in the middle.
Texas became the focus. His hopes rested heavily on
things falling into a permanent place by way of Corsicana.
Even though he has lived in the area for the past 15
years he has also been commuting back and forth to work. For a time he worked
South of Tyler, Buffalo and several other places that kept him on the move.
When the opportunity arose that he could make a move
closer to home, he did not waste any time. He is now managing the Corsicana
"I think Corsicana has a lot to offer,"
One of the reasons he wanted to be in area was it
offered big city conveniences and small town congeniality. The possibility of
meeting people that he knew on the street appealed to him.
"I like meeting the same people that I know
everyday," he said.
Other attractions to the area was the location and
Major factors in coming to Corsicana was its
availability to the Dallas and Waco area which gave it an appeal over other
locations. It was also centrally located for other family members who lived
away from the area.
The school district was an important for his whole
family. His wife has taught school for a number of years in the Corsicana
School District. During her tenure she taught at Navarro and Carroll
Elementary as well as Collins and Bowie Middle Schools. Recently, she accepted
an assistant principal position in the Hillsboro School District.
Wilkinson said he and his wife both liked the idea of
being able to keep their children in one school district from the beginning of
school and into college.
When there was not post office business, there was
school activities such as soccer, football and roping that his children were
active in. As for Wilkinson he found personal pleasure in raising horses and
After becoming pastmaster in Corsicana he said his
job evolved around making people happy and it was his biggest concern.
"Customer service, making sure things are done
right and that the mail is delivered the way it should be is all part of the
job," he said.
Although he has managed other facilities, Wilkinson
said he preferred working with larger facilities. Corsicana has 23 mail
carriers and there are about 49 employees in the local post office.
From 1987 until 1995 he worked out this office, now
he is overseeing the operations of the facility. He said managing each unit
according to its need was essential.
In addition to location and schools other good
characteristics Corsicana had for Wilkinson and his family were the people.
"We have good friends here," he said.
"There are a lot of nice people in Corsicana."
Getting to live and work in the area has been a plan
in the works for a long time. He said because of the people, size and
community it was like having a "dream job."