Dermot Tuohy was officially sworn-in as the 36th postmaster of Jamaica on Friday, Oct. 21, at Queens Borough Hall.
Tuohy was sworn to “well and faithfully discharge” the duties of postmaster. He will be responsible for maintaining daily postal deliveries to 216,632 addresses, for more than 660,000 customers.
“What brought me to this position were friends and mentors who encouraged me to pursue better things and take on more responsibilities,” Tuohy said. “They encouraged me to grow as a leader”
“It’s not about being smart, because a lot of people are smart, you need someone to tell you what’s important, to focus on the important things in life and the important things about the job,” Tuohy added. “That’s what leadership is about, making sure people know what’s important to the customer.”
Tuohy began his career with the post office 28 years ago in 1994 as a letter carrier in Valley Stream. Tuohy went on to hold positions with increasing levels of responsibility, such as Far Rockaway postmaster, Forest Hills manager, operations manager and manager of operations programs.
“We have huge opportunities for people at USPS,” Tuohy said. “I started as a part time employee and now I am the postmaster of Jamaica.”
Tuohy is supported by nearly 800 employees who work in 18 offices and five retail locations across the borough’s seven square miles.
Tuohy is a Marine Corps veteran and longtime resident of Queens. He graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School and calls Long Island City home.
The Postal Service is actively hiring for full time, part time and seasonal employment. Anyone interested in career opportunities can visit about.usps.com/careers/.