Patterson postmaster retires
by Maddy Houk
Aug 02, 2012 | 566 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Rick Robles didn’t use his fishing license once last year. That’s about to change, now that Robles, 56, retired as Patterson’s postmaster Tuesday, July 31.

Robles, a Ceres resident who had headed up Patterson’s post office since January 2005, leaves a 27-year career with the U.S. Postal Service, having also worked in Modesto for 14 years and having previously served as a supervisor at the Riverbank post office.

He started at the Patterson office, 50 N. Salado Ave., filling in for then-Postmaster Ray Tenorio, before being named permanent postmaster more than year later in April 2006.

Robles said he will miss Patterson’s residents as he heads into retirement.

“I just love the feeling in this town of community involvement, the friendliness of one person to another and the ease of jut fitting in,” Robles said.

Looking ahead, he plans to spend more time with his family, as he and his wife, Glenda, have two sons, Chris and Brian, one daughter--in-law, Bethany, and two grandchildren to keep them busy. He also plans to work on the four Mustang cars he owns.

Bobbi Riley, the manager of post office operations for all the zip codes starting with 952 and 953, said Robles was committed to his job.

“Rick has given his heart and soul to his employees and the customers,” Riley said. “The post office is really going to lose a lot of experience. He’s prepared his employees to carry on. I’ll make sure the city of Patterson has a great replacement — it will be a seamless transition.”

Interim Postmaster La Tonya Williams, who joined the postal service 22 years ago, will carry on Robles’ duties.

Williams started her career in the Bay Area city of Richmond and worked her way up from distribution clerk and window clerk to supervisor. She worked at post offices in Benicia, Vallejo and, starting in 2004, Ripon.

Williams, who has lived in Patterson the past eight years, said she was not sure yet whether she would apply to be the permanent postmaster.

“There are nice people here,” she said. “I like Patterson — I really like living here.

•To reach Maddy Houk at the Irrigator, call 892-6187, ext. 22, or email her at maddy@pattersonirrigator.com.
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