Deputy Postmasters General

As early as 1906, the appointment of a Deputy Postmaster General was recommended. That year, Postmaster General George Cortelyou advised President Theodore Roosevelt:

I recommend that provision be made for a Deputy Postmaster-General, who shall be the ranking officer of the Postmaster-General's assistants, whose tenure shall be permanent, whose compensation shall be commensurate with his position, and whose duties shall be in the nature of a general manager of the postal service. If there were appointed to such a position an official of tried executive capacity and long experience in postal matters, he could relieve the head of the Department of innumerable details which now consume a large portion of his time and preclude the proper consideration of important questions of general policy. (Annual Report of the Postmaster General, 1906, 8)

The position of Deputy Postmaster General, however, was not created until October 21, 1949, following its authorization by the President's Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1949:

There shall be in the Post Office Department a Deputy Postmaster General who shall be appointed by the President by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall perform such duties as the Postmaster General may designate. (63 Stat. 1066)

Since the passage of the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970, the Deputy Postmaster General has been appointed by the Postal Service’s Board of Governors. The position title changed to Deputy Postmaster General and Chief Operating Officer when the Postal Service was reorganized in 1992; it reverted to Deputy Postmaster General in January 2011. In February 2015, the title changed to Deputy Postmaster General and Chief Government Relations Officer, reflecting Ronald Stroman’s role managing Government Relations. In May 2021, the title changed to Deputy Postmaster General and Chief Human Resources Officer, reflecting Douglas Tulino’s continued role as chief human resources officer.

The following individuals have served as Deputy Postmaster General since the position was created in 1949.

Deputy Postmaster General

Date Took Office (Except as Noted)

Vincent C. Burke

October 21, 1949

Charles R. Hook, Jr.

January 29, 1953

Maurice H. Stans

October 1, 1955

Edson O. Sessions

September 19, 1957 (sworn in)

John M. McKibbin

November 2, 1959 (sworn in)

H. W. Brawley

January 25, 1961 (appointed)

Sidney W. Bishop

July 3, 1963 (nominated)

Frederick C. Belen

March 4, 1964 (sworn in)

E. Theodore Klassen

February 10, 1969 (sworn in)

Merrill A. Hayden

September 27, 1971

Benjamin F. Bailar

December 3, 1974

William F. Bolger

September 4, 1975

James V. P. Conway     

April 4, 1978

C. Neil Benson

July 1, 1980

James H. Finch, Jr.

June 1, 1983

Jackie A. Strange

February 16, 1985

Michael S. Coughlin

January 5, 1987

John M. Nolan

February 5, 2000

Patrick R. Donahoe

April 30, 2005

Ronald A. Stroman

April 4, 2011

Douglas A. Tulino

May 12, 2021

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