End of an era: Frisco postmaster retires
Summit Daily News
The Frisco Post Office has been led under the dynasty of the McGeehan name for several years. Taking advantage of a chance to retire early, Traci McGeehan bids a bittersweet good-bye to a career that she loves.
After picking up the reins from her husband Terry, who retired in 2008, McGeehan has decided to retire from her position as postmaster of the Frisco Post Office.
“I’ve been very lucky,” McGeehan said. “The people that have worked for me have always been very personable – they enjoy when people come in and they chat with them.”
That’s what McGeehan says has led to her success and strong reputation for good customer service at the Frisco PO.
But McGeehan has always prioritized connecting with her customers by remembering their names and seeing their families throughout the years.
“Everyone comes into the post office; it’s a part of life,” McGeehan said. “I love seeing people with young children that grow throughout the years.”
Enjoying her job has been part of her keen ability to connect with the community.
McGeehan said she has always enjoyed the second-home owners who spend their winters here.
“They love it when you can remember their names from year to year,” she said. “It’s nice seeing them and saying ‘Welcome back’ – It’s great to be able to keep those relationships intact.”
Though McGeehan had not thought about retiring for another year or so, the opportunity to do so came early, so she took it.
“I’m not retiring because I have to, I’m doing it because I want to spend more time with my grandson,” McGeehan said.
Aiden, 5, who will be starting kindergarten this year, keeps his grandmother busy, McGeehan said.
During her retirement, she hopes to begin taking golf lessons and spending time at Lake Powell.
“I want to do everything and nothing, but on my own terms,” McGeehan said. “I’m very excited – I want to have more flowers in my garden than weeds. That’s one of those things that slips through the cracks with a full-time job.”
McGeehan has had a long history of postal work throughout Summit County, where she began her career as a part-time clerk at the Breckenridge Post Office in 1985.
Throughout the county, her career in postal work has allowed her to work at post offices in Breckenridge, Dillon and Silverthorne, Winter Park, Tabernash and Frisco, where she has been for the last four years.
“I’m going to miss it – I loved the job,” McGeehan said.
During retirement, she hopes to fill in for local post offices while employees are on vacation.
“The U.S. Postal service offers the chance for retired postmasters to fill in occasionally, and I’ll never say no,” McGeehan said.
Filling the position currently is Kathy Secora-Arguello on detail from her position as postmaster of the post office in Wellington, Colo.
Secora-Arguello will cover the postmaster position for two to three months until the position is open for applicants.
“There will be absolutely no changes here, but I know that I have big shoes to fill,” Secora-Arguello said. “My focus will be on customer service and keeping the store operational just as the McGeehans did.”
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