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Patrice Shaw sworn in as Jonesboro’s newest postmaster

Scott Raymond, district manager, swears in Patrice Shaw, right, as Jonesboro’s 29th postmaster. Shaw’s mother holds the Bible for the ceremony. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

Scott Raymond, district manager, swears in Patrice Shaw, right, as Jonesboro’s 29th postmaster. Shaw’s mother holds the Bible for the ceremony. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

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Salvatore Bacca spoke at Patrice Shaw’s swearing-in ceremony Monday. Shaw is the new postmaster. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

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Patrice Shaw speak to friends, family and Clayton County officials Monday. Shaw was sworn in as Jonesboro’s newest postmaster Monday. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

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Dozens of people crowded the post office sorting area for Patrice Shaw’s swearing-in ceremony. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

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Scott Raymond shakes Patrice Shaw’s hand after her swearing-in ceremony Monday. Shaw’s mother held the Bible for the ceremony. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)

JONESBORO — The Jonesboro Post Office has a new woman in charge.

Patrice Shaw was sworn in as the 29th Postmaster among friends, family and Clayton County officials Monday.

Shaw has spent 28 years in the postal business and Monday she credited her family and mentors for her growth and success.

“You have my deepest thank you,” Shaw said.

Salvatore Bacca was one of the many people who attended the ceremony. He spoke of Shaw’s ability to do any job in the post office and her ability to succeed despite taking all “the difficult jobs in Atlanta.”

“I would not have missed this for the world,” Bacca said. “Thank you for believing in me and trusting me. You have helped develop me.”

Bacca has held several high-level positions in the postal industry including Postmaster for several cities.

Louis Nix, vice president of the National Association of Postmasters United States, also commended Shaw’s on her appointment.

“This is a unique and honorable position,” Nix said. “The oath Patrice takes today is the same oath the president of the United States takes.”

Shaw will oversee 77 employees who deliver to 35,000 customers in the Jonesboro area.

“This is a very important position,” Nix said.

Shaw was sworn in by Scott Raymond, district manager, while Shaw’s mother held the Bible.

“I am humbled and honored,” Shaw said. “I consider this a blessing, and I’m excited to serve in the community I live in.”