Livermore's new postmaster makes long drive for too-short hours

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Troy Maurer, Livermore’s postmaster since September, is no stranger to commuting. A Cheyenne, resident, he makes the 45-mile trip to the Livermore post office daily in under an hour. A postal employee for 27 years, he has also served as postmaster in the towns of Carpenter and Chugwater, Wyo. while living in Cheyenne.

The Livermore Post Office is currently open 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays — not long enough according to Maurer, who said the Post Office serves 700 families on three postal routes and maintains 100 rented post office boxes.

At a meeting on March 13, in response to a USPS Postal Plan calling for reduced hours, complete or partial closing or moving the Livermore Post Office in an alternate location. The decision was made to reduce hours and keep the Post Office at its current location. USPS lost $15.9 million in 2012, necessitating these changes.

Following a 15-month stint as a postal clerk in Cheyenne, Maurer took the test for postmaster in 1984 and has been serving in that capacity ever since. He enjoys serving small towns and getting to know rural residents who he says are some of the nicest people around.

Johnnie Davis, a postal supply employee, works weekends and is available when Maurer is not on the job.

Does he plan a move to Livermore?

“We’ll see,” he says. “I probably won’t consider a move for six months or so.”