Shafer named Rector postmaster
Stacy Shafer was hired at the beginning of May to take over as the new postmaster at Rector.
Shafer works in Rector through the week and travels home to Palestine on the weekends to be with his family. However, Shafer said in the future he may permanently relocate to Rector.
"My wife and I have spoke many times about moving to this area," Shafer said. "We always have had friends here."
Though the postal service brought Shafer to Rector, the area post office comes highly recommended. "I heard this office was a good one full of great employees,' Shafer said. "I'm really impressed with the employees and I have really enjoyed my time here."
Shafer grew up in Palestine and graduated from Palestine High School in 1986. Two years later he joined the Marine Corps and was active as a 0341 Mortarman. He was on the front lines of the Gulf War and "we were all on pins and needles for nine months even though the war didn't last long," Shafer said.
He said the Corps taught him patience and the ability to have confidence in himself.
In 1992 he left the Corps and became an electrician, which he continued until 1998 when he was hired as a part-time clerk at the Forrest City post office.
In 2006, after raising two children as a single father for 10 years, he met the woman he calls his best friend, Mary. He and Mary married in May of 2006. The couple has five children -- Jacob, Kimberly, Kayla, Shelby and Carolyn. In their free time they enjoy hunting, fishing, playing golf and photography.
After 12 years he was moved to a postmaster position at Clarendon. In 2013 he moved to the West Memphis office and traveled all over the country with the Southern Area Intervention Team, which was organized to work with under-achieving post offices.
At the beginning of May he moved to Rector. He is excited about being here, because after traveling so much he is ready to settle in. He added he's looking forward to making more friends and getting involved with area organizations.