In a tradition dating back to the 18th century, when Benjamin Franklin was the first Postmaster General, Maxwell’s new Postmaster raised her right hand a took the oath of office.
Sandra Forney has been at the Maxwell branch of the U.S. Postal Service since September, but the formal ceremony on April 18 marked her official installation.
Forney worked her way up through the federal agency, starting as a clerk and then supervisor at the Gridley branch, and served as the Live Oak Postmaster until she accepted the position in Maxwell.
“I am truly honored to be Postmaster in Maxwell,” Forney said. “It feels amazing to represent the Postal Service in this way. I feel that I have come full circle in the Postal Service and I am proud to serve in the community.”
Forney is a native of New York. She served in the Air Force and was stationed in Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm. She served nine years and finished her career at Beale Air Force Base. She has worked for the U.S. Postal Service since 1998.
“One of the first things I did when I came to Maxwell was join the American Legion,” Forney said. “I’m looking forward to being involved in the community.”
Forney currently still lives in Live Oak, but is considering a move closer to her work. She is married to JD Forney and has two adult children. Her son, Tyler Raymond, attended the April 18 ceremony, which was attended by members of the Maxwell American Legion Post No. 2018, and members of the Auxiliary.
Forney enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys motorcycle riding, boating, and sewing. In addition to the American Legion, she is involved in Quota Club.
As Maxwell Postmaster, Forney oversees over 1,100 pieces of mail delivered to local Post Office boxes daily and manages two employees.■