New postmaster sworn in
by Nathan Duckworth | Patterson Irrigator
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Kaur is sworn into her new position as postmaster by District Manager Jagdeep Grewal while Kaur’s daughter Aman holds the Bible.—Photo by Nathan Duckworth/Patterson Irrigator
Kaur is sworn into her new position as postmaster by District Manager Jagdeep Grewal while Kaur’s daughter Aman holds the Bible.—Photo by Nathan Duckworth/Patterson Irrigator
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Postmaster Jasminder Kaur, a U.S. Postal Service employee of 13 years, was sworn into office on Aug. 15. She replaces now-Lathrop postmaster Margaret Klein, who oversaw Patterson’s post office, located on North Salado Avenue and El Circulo, since December 2012.

“Twenty-one years I’ve lived in Lathrop, and it’s the job I’ve always wanted,” said Klein. “I wouldn’t have left Patterson otherwise. The town and the people that work here are wonderful.”

Kaur came the United States from India at the age of 23. She is a resident of Turlock, where she worked as a carrier with the Postal Service before being promoted to 204B in 2009, which is an acting supervisor position, and then to permanent supervisor in 2013. She is looking forward to serving the Patterson community.

“I’m ready for it,” said Kaur. “I’m ready to dedicate the next years of my life to USPS.”

Kaur’s mother, Harbhajan, began the swearing-in ceremony with a Sikh prayer, and Harry Centeno, Postal Service manager customer services in Sacramento, followed by offering a Christian prayer.

Throughout the ceremony the importance of family kept sprouting up, whether it was in reference to the local post office’s working environment, or the driving force behind Kaur. Several members of her family were present, providing an Indian feast, publicly congratulating her and speaking to the lessons she has taught them.

“My mom always tells me to look at life from a different perspective so that I can understand the world better and not just my place in it, to empathize and understand others,” said 13-year-old daughter Aman.

Aman, along with her sister Tanveen, 15, and brother Mehar, 8, were all pleased at the extra time at home the position will afford their mother.

“I am thankful that my mom got this position and that she comes home early and has Saturdays off,” said Mehar.

Also attending the ceremony were Mayor Molina, City Manager Rod Butler, Sheriff’s Sergeant Paul Yotsuya and Fire Chief Steve Hall, in addition to many proud colleagues.

As Patterson’s postmaster, Kaur oversees 24 employees who daily handle 9,127 deliveries.

Nathan Duckworth can be reached at 209-892-6187 ext. 24 or nathan@pattersonirrigator.com.
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