By Ed Brock
Mary Lynn Everett has been acting as the postmaster at Morrow's post office since December, but on Tuesday it became official.
At a simple ceremony at the Morrow Municipal Complex on Morrow Road, Joe Griggers, manager of post office operations, swore Everett into her office in front of family and friends.
A 23-year veteran of the U.S. Postal Service and native of East Point, Everett began her career as a city carrier in Hapeville. In 1984 she became a clerk and later held several high positions at post offices in Jonesboro, Stockbridge, Jackson and Locust Grove.
Her former boss at Locust Grove, Postmaster Richard Campbell, came to the ceremony to praise Everett.
"She's always looking for ways to make things better," Campbell said. "She's a very dedicated public employee and I'm very proud of her."
Everett's staff at the post office on Lake Harbin Road is very happy to have her, said clerk Maggie Madden.
"She knows what she's doing. She's not pushy," Madden said. "She treats everybody like she would want to be treated."
Morrow Mayor Jim Millirons said he believes Everett is a person with the drive and intellect to get things done. And he added that he was prepared for her to start talking with him about getting a new post office building for the city, something he agreed should be done.
"It's time for a new post office now. The ground is there," Millirons said.
Everett said she's already been working on getting a new building, but such plans have been discussed since 1999.
"All that has to come from up above," Everett said.
After being sworn in Everett thanked her "postal family" for their support.
"They've all just put their arms around me and said 'I'll help you any way I can," Everett said.