April 19, 1999
Mike Turner (left) swore Tom Cordova in as the new postmaster for Woodinville.
by Marshall Haley, staff reporter
Tom Cordova was sworn in as the new Woodinville Postmaster on Wednesday, April 14, by Mike Turner, manager of postal operations, Seattle district.
"People used to reach the position of postmaster through favoritism," said Turner. "But after the Postal Service reorganized in 1971, those promotions have been based solely on merit. Tom Cordova earned this appointment on merit, through outstanding work in many postal positions over 27 years."
Cordova started as a mail carrier in Kent and has served as a post office auditor for six years, and in Everett for four years as supervisor of support services. For the last ten years, he was postmaster at the Freeland Post Office on Whidbey Island, commuting from his home in Silver Lake, near Everett.
"No more ferry tickets," said a relieved Cordova. "It used to take me an average of an hour and ten minutes, each way, if the boats were on schedule. Now it takes me 20 minutes to go 16 miles."
Bob Leach, a Woodinville Post Office supervisor who has worked there 20 years said, "I've known Tom for over 20 years; our paths have crossed many times in the course of our work. Of the many people interviewed for this job, Tom was one of my favorite candidates. He is a very easy guy to work with."
Cordova's oath-of-office ceremony was the same one used to swear in all U.S. government officials, including the President.
"I want to thank all my family and friends who joined me today for this special occasion," said Cordova. His daughter was able to attend the swearing-in. His son, a high school junior, was a starting wide receiver for Cascade High School this year.