Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to Step Down

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe will leave his role as the head of the U.S. Postal Service, the agency’s board of governors announced Friday.

Donahoe has served as USPS postmaster general and CEO since 2010. His tenure has largely been marked by cutting the agency’s workforce and infrastructure to adapt to the dramatically declining mail volume and revenue.

The outgoing postmaster general, who has worked at the Postal Service for 39 years since he began his career as a clerk in Pittsburgh, Pa., has often butted heads with Congress, his employees and labor groups, some of whom said his plans for the future of the agency were too extreme and unnecessary.

Workforce cuts were well under way before Donahoe took office, but he has overseen a reduction of 100,000 employees. During his tenure, Donahoe instituted the Post Plan, which reduced hours at underused post offices, and the agency’s “network rationalization” plan, which has shuttered 141 processing plants since 2012 and will close another 82 facilities next year.

Donahoe has trumpeted his ability to make these cuts without laying off a single employee and with minimal impact on mail delivery. He has steered the agency toward a focus on package and shipping services, where revenues have grown significantly in recent years. He has defended his strategy every step of the way as an unfortunate but necessary one to move the Postal Service back to profitability in the reality of a decreased market for mail.

Donahoe has been a one-man crusader for comprehensive postal reform, calling for Congress to act to lift undue burdens on the agency at virtually every public appearance he has made in recent years. His efforts have repeatedly fallen short, with competing interests continually preventing lawmakers from striking a compromise.

“It is difficult to walk away from something you love,” Donahoe said while tearing up at a USPS Board of Governors meeting Friday, “but after 39 years, it’s probably time.”

Mickey Barnett, chairman of the board, said the true test of success as a leader of a large organization is if the individual left it better than when he started. “Pat passes that test with flying colors,” Barnett said.

Megan Brennan, the current USPS chief operating officer, will take over as postmaster general on Feb. 1, 2015. She will be the first ever female to serve in the position.

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