PHILO, OH – Since 1965, Sam Mitchell has been the Postmaster of Philo. Including his three years of active duty in the United States Air Force, Mitchell is credited with 50 years of federal service.
Postmasters, family, friends and senior managers from the Cincinnati District of the Postal Service were on hand to congratulate Mitchell as he was presented with a gold 50-year pin and a plaque signed by Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe.
“A career spanning half a century is certainly indicative of your unique dedication and commitment,” wrote Donahoe.
The Village of Philo Ohio also proclaimed June 23, 2012, as Samuel James Mitchell Day, in observance of his 50 years as public servant.
“He’s an iconic member of the community and he is always the ‘go to’ person to help on a committee or a project,” said Philo Mayor Lloyd Miller. “Ask Sam, and he’ll help or find someone to help.”
Born and raised in Duncan Falls, Mitchell joined the United States Air Force after graduation from Philo High School.
“I was a mechanic and worked on B-36 and B-52 heavy bombers,” said Mitchell. “When I was discharged from the Air Force, I worked a year for American Electric Power and then five years for Universal CITI Credit Corporation in Columbus.”
When the chance came along to competitively test for the position of postmaster, Mitchell jumped at it, and won.
“The Postal Inspectors swore me in, informing me I’d be taking a reduction in pay as postmaster,” said Mitchell. “I didn’t care. I figured not driving to Columbus every day was worth it.”
Mitchell has held several special or ‘detail’ assignments during his tenure in Philo, including Rural Carrier Quality Work Life (QWL) trainer, Officer-in-Charge for various Post Offices, postmaster trainer, and a member of the Post Office Staffing and Scheduling team.
Over the years he’s been a part of the local Volunteer Fire Department, has been a rescue scuba diver, an assistant Scout master, and active in various civic and community organizations.
Mitchell has no plans to retire.
“I love my job. I really do,” said Mitchell. “I enjoy getting up in the morning and going to work.
“I’ve seen everyone in town grow up; I’m watching the third generation come through now,” he added. “The wonderful people in this town are like family to me.”
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