Jett enjoys helping others as Piggott's first female postmaster

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Stephanie Jett is Piggott's first female postmaster

Stephanie (Staples) Jett is the first woman to hold the position of Piggott postmaster. She knows firsthand the importance of working with the community. In fact, working with the people of Piggott and the surrounding communities is the part of her job Jett likes best.

"Working with the people is absolutely the best part of my job," Jett said. "This is my hometown. This is the hometown of almost everyone in my family. I like the thought of being able to take care of the people I grew up knowing."

Jett has been employed by the United States Postal Service for the last 10 years. She started as a city carrier in Piggott before opportunities led to other positions, including serving as the postmaster of the St. Francis and Pollard post offices.

One job stood out above all others when Jett began her career with the USPS.

"When I went to my very first interview, the interviewer asked me what my goal was and I told him it was to be the postmaster of Piggott."

In the course of her duties, Jett oversees delivery and mailing services for all of Piggott, as well as rural routes which go into St. Francis, Greenway, McDougal and Pollard.

"This is a great place to work," Jett said. "It's one of the few jobs I can think of where you get to help people every day."

Jett says Piggott is fortunate to have a post office staffed by hard working, caring individuals.

"We've got a great group of people working here. Everyone knows their job and genuinely cares about the people we serve here."

When the day's work begins at the Piggott post office, the loading area is filled with letters and packages coming into and leaving Piggott. As Jett and her crew work throughout the day, the mail is sorted and delivered on its way to the masses.

"In the morning, it looks like a mess," Jett said. "Then you get everything out and there's a sense of accomplishment. It's kind of like mowing your lawn."

Jett said her coworkers feel like family, which is not surprising considering Jett has numerous family members who have worked for the USPS. Her husband, Robert, is the postmaster at Paragould. Her mother-in-law is a former postmaster. Her father-in-law is a former rural carrier. Her sister-in-law is the postmaster at St. Francis.

The Jetts have seven children ranging in age from 14 to 28. They also have a grandchild.

"With seven kids, we stay pretty busy," Jett said. "We're always going to a ballgame somewhere or some other activity. We stay on the go."

Jett also serves as president of the Arkansas State Branch of the League of Postmasters. She is in the first year of her two-year term for the organization, which represents the rights and interests of postmasters throughout the state. The organization maintains a focus on education, offering assistance free of charge to Arkansas postmasters.

When her schedule allows, Jett enjoys spending quiet time with her family and singing karaoke with her friends.

She is the daughter of Frank and Donna Staples of Piggott.

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