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Washington region Postal Service boss out of a job after incident in Sterling

By Ed O'Keefe

The top U.S. Postal Service official for the Washington region is out of a job after an incident last week in Sterling involving a female postal worker.

Jerry D. Lane

Jerry D. Lane had served as vice president of operations for the Capital Metro Area since 2006.

Lane, based in Gaithersburg, visited the Dulles Processing and Distribution Center in Sterling on June 1 and allegedly argued with the building's manager, Kathleen J. Michaels.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Department responded to a 911 call at the building about 2 p.m., said spokesman Kraig Troxell.

Michaels filed misdemeanor assault charges on June 3 and Lane was issued a summons to appear in Loudoun General District Court on June 17, according to court records.

USPS Spokesman Gerald McKiernan said Lane "separated" from the Postal Service on June 3, but could not say whether he was fired or resigned, citing personnel policy and privacy concerns. The U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General has launched an internal investigation, according to their spokesman Dan Mihalko. Multiple calls to Lane and Michaels went unanswered.

Lane worked for the Postal Service for 32 years and once managed Brentwood Postal Facility, where two workers died during the 2001 anthrax attacks.

In an April interview, Postmaster General John E. Potter said, "I’m proud of what we’ve done with equal employment, with harassment issues, with workplace environment issues."

Known for a generally relatively hands-off approach when it comes to regional operations, Potter said "I respond very quickly" to allegations of harassment and workplace concerns.

The Postal Service's Capital Metro Area includes the District, Maryland, Northern and Eastern Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. It delivers more than 9.9 billion pieces of mail to more than 10.7 million mailing addresses and has a $5.1 billion operating budget.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | June 10, 2010; 3:07 PM ET
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One thing for sure...These people hold highly paid and highly repsonsible publically financed positions. So when they suddenly leave/lose their positions it's not acceptible to hide the reasons for their departure behind the same "personnel policy privacy concerns" as a regular workaday employee. Who knows, he may have received a pay-out or generous severance incentive at our (the taxpayers) expense. So we, the taxpayers, deserve to know the details.

Posted by: PracticalIndependent | June 10, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Too bad he can't appeal to the WMATA union. We would learn that the USPS believes in Slavery.

Posted by: seraphina21 | June 10, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

The Post Office is self sufficient and receives no money from the federal government. Money generated from sales pay salaries and benefits.

Posted by: cricket05 | June 10, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

PracticalIndependent: you wrote "at our (the taxpayers) expense. So we, the taxpayers, deserve to know the details."

The USPS does not receive a single penny of tax dollars.

Worry about the real spenders of the American taxpayer dollars--all the ridiculously stupid politicians in Washington. Those are the people your tax dollars pay. That's where your dollars are wasted.

Postal workers are hard working people who provide a service to you, at absolutely no cost to you. Even if you never purchase a single item from the postal service, which is what funds their operations, you still get mail delivered to you.

This guy was probably a real jerk. Who knows? Who cares? But for everyone of these jerks, there is a long line of hard working, honest postal workers that are trying to earn a living.

Posted by: postalpeople | June 10, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Really Potter? Then why did'nt you react to the threats from those two executives in the Dakotas District? The ones who said they would like to take a few managers out and shoot them. Respond to this Potter!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: HMclhenny | June 10, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we wont have to drive a 100 miles to deliver 20 letters because they may be an ZEXFC test Piece.

Posted by: Mailboss88 | June 10, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

These types of aberrant, and bullying behaviors are present at all levels of postal management.It is condoned at the highest level and those who display these toxic behaviors are frequently promoted. Why does not the main stream media, including the Washington Post, do a series of articles on the toxic workplace environments that are created by an authoritarian and paramilitary postal culture?

See: http://goingpostal-beyond.com/

Posted by: musaccosteve | June 10, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

musaccosteve, your comment is accurate, as a 32 year employee it is all too true to me. I have worked hard for many years under this style of management, the customer loses out too, management only cares about their bonuses and themselves. The stories I hear in the news are so out of touch with reality at the USPS. Jerry Lane has been known as such for a long time, he is only one of many.

Posted by: brenmik | June 10, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

This is the result of the mentality on the part of USPS management that the law and the rules don't apply to them. It's a mentality that starts in DC with Potter, and works its way down to the local offices and plants. Their is a Postmaster in my state that I've heard called, by other Postmasters, as "Little Hitler." All USPS employees have seen these "Little Hitlers" in their time with the USPS. Do whatever they want, break the labor contracts, violate OSHA codes, do things that would get craft members fired and prosecuted. They treat their office/plant like it's their little kingdom and they rule it with the authority of God. After years of doing whatever he wanted to, without having to worry about repercussions, this moron thought he could do this and get away with it. If he had done this to a run of the mill employee we would never have heard about it. The only reason it became public is because it was done to another member of management.

Posted by: RCinOK | June 10, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Violence in the Post Office at the highest levels. What about the woman that he placed in that high level position? Is she going to get to keep the position? What about some poor qualified applicant that didn't get the job. Even though that person probably deserved the job, she was awarded the job because she made Lane happy. No doubt, this happens all the time in the crooked organization called the Post Office. This story has it all, sex, corruption, violence in the Post Office. Stephen King should make a movie.

Posted by: UglyAngel | June 10, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Bullies in the Postal Service are nothing new. Neither is harassment. I recently retired from the Richmond Cluster, which is part of the Capital Metro Area that Mr. Lane headed.
I wrote a novel, "Postal Service" that depicts a workplace enviroment that is hostile and non-productive.
The story is fiction but the quotes are real with a station manager promising to be, "as nasty as she had to be" and admonishing workers that, "if you don't like it you can get the hell out" and endless threats of "writing them up.
Is harassment rare in the Postal Service?
Hell no! It is a way of life.
Managers and supervisors are put in those positions to harass. That's what they do.

Posted by: paterrana | June 10, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

since north carolina joined cap metro, it has been hell. full of "gotchas", and too many people doing nothing. jerry, did you complete my letter of warning issued because an address that is a vacant lot wasn't listed?
and yes, lets put letter mail up, then let's all take it down, put the flats up (mags, etc), then we will put the letters back inside the flats. the usps is full of idiots.

Posted by: l889a | June 10, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Ha! He kissed that $200,000 job goodbye! I'd lay odds that he was no more qualified for the job he had than was the sweetie he put in the plant manager position. Qualifications no longer matter - it's all about the color of your skin or who you're 'friends' with. Do you know what happened to the supervisor in Dallas who threw coffee on a steward and then picked up the phone to hit her with? She got promoted! The postal inspectors said there wasn't enough evidence to back up the steward's accusations. Really? What about the coffee all over her uniform, wall, chair, and her attache case? What about the statements from clerks and carriers who saw the steward running from the office? Yes - enforcement of the Joint Statement on Violence and Behavior in the Workplace is definitely a one sided deal.

Posted by: GIGlo | June 10, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

As a mailman in NC, which is part of the Cap Metro Area where Jerry Lane was the top manager, I am also interested in knowing whether Lane was permitted to resign or if he was terminated. However, a previous poster said that this information should be made available because his salary and benefits were paid by taxpayers. This is not true, and has not been true for 40 years now. The USPS operates on the revenue it generates through the sale of Postal products, primarily stamps. The USPS is NOT subsidized by taxes. It's remarkable how many people are not aware of this fact.

Posted by: bigbells | June 11, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

It is amazing,there is so much abuse in the Postal Service and nobody wants to speak up in fear of losing their jobs!! They are launching an internal investigation, is a joke. The abuse is accepted and expected by the big shots in district, they are guilty of abusing those under them. There should be hidden cameras placed in the Mid Carolina district. It is barberic the way they are talked to, and humiliated.

Posted by: jackd891 | June 11, 2010 7:20 AM | Report abuse

It is amazing,there is so much abuse in the Postal Service and nobody wants to speak up in fear of losing their jobs!! They are launching an internal investigation, is a joke. The abuse is accepted and expected by the big shots in district, they are guilty of abusing those under them. There should be hidden cameras placed in the Mid Carolina district. It is barberic the way they are talked to, and humiliated.

Posted by: jackd891 | June 11, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse


I have no problem with anyone getting a job if they are quaified. Part of the problem in the USPS is an organzation called A-Plus, which places these people in positions which they are not quaified for in the first place, based on skin color only. Someone in the media please check out the stats of the promotions in the USPS over the past 5 years based on race. Place the best quaified people in all positions and a lot of these problems woukd disappear.

Posted by: CRFisher1 | June 11, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Dulles has a history of things like this that even A-Plus couldn't bury completely. A female Station Manager, for instance, once shot up the sportscar of another woman in the office who she considered competition for the "affections" of a certain male employee there. She was drunk as hell at the time, and named Audrey Rowe, IIRC. The "other woman" was a Ms Moe. Rowe was replaced by a white guy from Morgan P&DC, NYC, where Ms Moe came from.

It hit the papers at the time, despite A-Plus trying to keep it out of them.

Posted by: GilesHabibula | June 11, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I have read the above comments and it is nothing I haven't heard before. But I wonder why these "abused" workers still choose to come work every day for such abusive bosses? This is not the military and you are not forced to work the job that you have chosen. Yes, I have worked for some managers/postmasters that could use some etiquette lessons. But there are alot of other employers out there that are just as bad if not worse. We have a few that may go overboard but I have seen first hand where postmasters have gotten a bad wrap by just enforcing changes. We have employees that just refuse to change the way they have been doing things. Managers/postmasters are not doing their jobs unless they can get all employees on board with the changes that we are faced with on a weekly basis. However, you have some employees that just want to argue over every little change. Managers may have to "write you up" if you don't conform with the new policies but if you came in and did your job you wouldn't have that to worry about. I don't care where you work if you cannot do your job the way it is outlined you will be reprimanded and eventually fired. But employees must remember if managers cannot get their employees to adhere to the rules then they themselves can be disciplined. We all have to answer to someone. Bottom line....if the USPS is such a bad place to work, why do so many employees stay for 20, 30, 40+ years? Personnally, I am proud to say that I work for the USPS.

Posted by: usps1 | June 11, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Jerry Lane was very qualified for his position. He made a mistake like many others before him. He is human. The majority of employees in the Postal Service are excellent and dedicated employees while the remainder will spend eight hours of their workday doing nothing. They are the ones who post the negative comments. They would never make it in private industry. They know who they are and I guarantee you that they don't have the balls to apply for such employment. Please try it and see what the real world is about. The Postal service would never miss you...you were not contributing anyway!

Posted by: Retired13 | June 11, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

In response to usps1; Why do "abused workers" still choose to come to work? Possibly the answer to your question is they have families, the failing economy, and the years of service they have into the USPS. I do have to agree there are some workers that do not want to conform to the changes and if they need to be "written up" then that should happen. But they are not the ones that take the abuse, it is those that are dedicated to their positions. Because they are the easy targets for the upper managment. The upper management monopolizes on their dedication and circumstances and abuses them in ways that the public would see as shocking. And as I said before their should be a hidden camera to see their abusive behaviors and who in fact they target. Those they feel they can breakdown, those that need to support their families, those they feel they can intimidate, and those that are frightened to speak out. As for Lane, it is about time his behavior has been documented by someone other than the USPS. Furthermore, someone of his status to act in a way he did, says nothing more than he was unqualified to deal with employees. He had the mentality to intimidate, threaten, and humiliate. And through the grapevine, I believe it was alot more than that, possibly he became a little too full of himself and his position. Those upper management that use these same tactics to increase employee performance are lacking professionalism, severly lack management skills, and never had interpersonal relationship skills. I am hopeful, this will bring down those that misuse their positions by abusing others, and treating them as "dirt beneath them" and do not work as a team for the common goal of making the USPS succeed in a failing economy.

Posted by: jackd891 | June 11, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Shocking allegations and subsequent bile do not change the fact that this man deserves the benefit of the doubt. Mr. Lane's service-oriented style of management has proven effective time and time again. It's a shame that a volatile event occurred. It's also a shame that Mr. Lane's efforts to stabilize the Postal Service will be overlooked in the aftermath. Sensationalization is senseless and counterproductive.

Posted by: BFair1 | June 11, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Two previous posters wrote inaccurate and inflammatory statements referring to A Plus and its role in "placing" people in higher positions, or covering up previous abuses. A Plus has no such authority or power - it is an employee organization that exists simply to help others move forward in this organization through training, mentoring, development and networking, components not easily available to African-Americans trying to advance in the 80s and 90s, when this group first organized. However, it is open to all ethnic groups and has a diverse membership nationwide. Regardless, while it is part of the Heritage Coalition, a group of ethnic-oriented employee organizations who meet with USPS regularly to ensure diversity is considered in hiring practices, it has no authority whatsoever on who gets promoted, especially in the executive ranks. That being said, Mr. Lane was incredibly qualified and was the best performing Vice President in the past 5-7 years; the numbers bear that out. While I understand this comment section is free speech and one can say and criticize what and who they want, to try and spread falsehoods about a man's official work record, as well as an organization that stands for helping people get ahead, is mean and vicious. Shame on you.

Posted by: NCcarl | June 11, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I find reading the above interesting and sad. Having worked in the Postal Service for 33.5 years, I've experienced much of what has been discussed. There was a time when the organization tried to become a World Class company, with programs like employee involvement and management by participation. Much of this began after the horrible incidents of violence in OK and other places. Unfortunately more recently this organization in the field has turned toward a more authoritative style of management. This I believe is the result of removing raises from managers salaries and requiring pay for performance, that some here call bonuses, and Jack and Pat's apparent hands off approach toward regional managers, provided that the "numbers" are achieved. This toxic mix creates the Jerry Lanes. Is he qualified, that depends on your perspective. Yes he could get numbers for Jack and Pat but how he got them in my opinion taints the results. If you have seen like many have the lies, hypocrisy, and unprofessionalism this lastest outburst is no surprise. I believe President Lincoln stated the true character of someone is seen not in adversity but rather when they are given power. I believe Mr. Lane's character is now evident for all to see. It's unfortunate that his superiors could not see this sooner. I hope it is not because achieving numbers at whatever cost is accepted or clouds HQs perspective. Performance must be measured by the methods used if you expect those efforts to be recognized.

Posted by: PMretired | June 11, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

As a letter carrier in the Baltimore area and former 204B (substitute supervisor), I have seen the reasons that Mr. Lane was the "best performing" VP in the last 5-7 years. He and his cronies would go ballistic if a station did not report exactly the performance numbers that they wanted or needed to make their bonus quotas, even though they are all lies. All the performance numbers are built on a house of cards that will someday implode on all the top brass. Just let the folks who do their jobs sorting and delivering the mail everyday do the job without all the waste at the top! Give us a break, please!

Posted by: 204b | June 11, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Number One:
The last few posts refer to Jerry Lanes "good numbers" as a mitigating factor. Some of those good numbers are phony. I wish that someone would look into the Express Mail phony numbers. Supervisors scanning them as "attempted" before they even leave the office in order to prevent a "failure". Some have even been caught but it's everywhere. The numbers are "pencil whipped"! Phony. Corrupt. False. Best performing faker.
Number Two:
When a woman is given a high level position, there are 4 reasons for it.
1. She is qualified and can do the job.
2. She knows someone.
3. She uses sex to get the job.
or,
4. She knows some dirt on someone.

What about Sandy?

Posted by: UglyAngel | June 11, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Ugly Angel is correct in saying their numbers are phony. Supervisors and managers all over the country have been caught changing employee's clock rings, cheating them out of pay for work they have performed just so THEIR superiors won't holler at THEM. I caught a supervisor changing clock rings and still have the documentation to prove it. There is now a class action lawsuit against the USPS for this fraud.

uspslawsuit.com/USPSLawsuit/Home.html

When you don't know your job, you have to lie and cheat to cover up your ineptness.

As far as A Plus goes, they may not have any 'authority', but they definitely have 'pull'. And when one buddy gets in, the others soon follow. The same goes for the hispanic group. We had a hispanic station manager make an announcement, "If you are hispanic, this is your year". WHAT?

Please tell me what would happen if whites had a special group whose main focus was in getting whites promoted? What if a white manager had made an announcement saying, "If you are white, this is your year". !!!

Posted by: GIGlo | June 11, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Well guy's I work at the same place where it happen. I will only say it has to do with a couple and another man. His rage does not give him the right to hit her. But as we all know he will still beable to retire with pay. Shame on him.

Posted by: global79us | June 11, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

RCinOK I could not have said it better.
That is probably the best comment I have ever read.

Posted by: joycey43 | June 11, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

APLUS is the Afro-American Postal League United for Success, and not quite as open to other ethnicities as "NCcarl" seems to imply.

The defense lawyer from the 1996 Rowe-Moe case stated, "Rowe never fired at Moe's car and said that because she had been drinking heavily the day of the incident, she was in no condition to carry off a "drive-by shooting." He also stated, "Audrey was among a number of high-level black employees brought in during a surge of affirmative action hiring a few years ago. I think many of them may not have been equipped to handle the stress which the Postal Service puts on its managers."

Dunno much about the current imbroglio, but I doubt things have changed much since the Rowe-Moe affair, save that the people involved in this one just have fourteen more years' seniority.

Posted by: GilesHabibula | June 12, 2010 5:22 AM | Report abuse

It is interesting that Sylvester Black, the Western Regional Vice President is still around when he was caught live saying that "Supervisor's should be shot" during a meeting with his immediate subordinates.

Posted by: oldfolkc | June 12, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

NC Carl,

Can I start a WPlus in the Raleigh P&DC/Nationwide? With the Postal Service going broke you should be ashame to take your pay to support these job positions which take money from the USPS budget in supporting Diversity Departments nationwide. Does Aplus pay for meeting space from the Postal Service, some supplies and doing APlus duties on the clock while working for the Postal Service?
Help save our jobs and do away with your monthly diversity calandars. Labor is our largest expense in the USPS. 83% of each dollar.

Posted by: CRFisher1 | June 12, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

People wake up and smell the coffee. This guy wasn't qualified for this position. He's just another one of PMG Potter's cover up good ole boys. Take a good look at all the managers that were involved in the anthrax attacks.(more likely the anthrax cover-up) They all got promoted to higher paying positions.They lied to us and in return Potter moved them up the pay scale. THE POSTAL WAY

Posted by: fat-cat-potter | June 12, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Thank God for the "Lane Era" to be OVER. This New Yorker filled Cap Metro with his cronies from himself, on down to the MPOO level. The Brentwood Road facility has 99% "Jerry Lane" Black Managers. Some are very qualified and MOST are not. His qualification for management is that you are BLACK. It doesn't matter if you know the job or not. It is the incompetence of those managers promoted since his reign began, that is dragging the whole Cap Metro Area down. It is entirely pathetic that these managers do not even have a clue as to how to perform their jobs. Now is time that Headquarters step in and review the competence of those promoted, and brought in from the north by LANE. The survival of the Postal Service lies in the result. This affirmative action farce must be stopped. Only the most qualified for the job should be promoted no matter what color, sex or national origin they are. In the Postal Service today it most certainly is not WHAT you know, but what COLOR you are and WHO you know. The Capital District alone owns some of the most incompetent upper management cronies in the United States Postal Service. Take the job description and interview these managers and see if they “really” are qualified for the positions they hold. They are not. Some are morons all dressed up. Some are even worse than that. An MPOO, for example, should have some knowledge of the operations of the Post Offices he is supposed to manage and support. The offices that are under these MPOO’s are supposed to be able to get correct information from this office, not incorrect blabber to only cover their incompetence.

Posted by: Shine1 | June 12, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I have been in the postal service 37 years. The Postal Service is management top heavy and diversity crazy. WASTE! I'm writing Congress to let them know this before they decide on the 6 day delivery decsion and avise others to do the same.

Posted by: CRFisher1 | June 12, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

The fish always stinks from the head down.

J. Lane has acted in the most unprofessional manner everyday. This was not an isolated incident.

He was well know for his beratings during telecom's with his underling managers. It was only a matter of time for his to 'reach out and touch someone'.

For Potter the PMG to not know that this is how this individual treated people, he should also be fired. To not 'know' is to condone.

Posted by: 34years | June 13, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

I've been a postal employee for almost 20 years, and this type of behavior is nothing new, especially from the top management. The only reason this situation came to light was from the 911 call that was placed, if no one reported it it was her word against his and this incident would have gone away. Incidents such as this and many more are never reported for fear of losing your job, and coverups are a way of life for the usps.

Posted by: BIGOPERF02 | June 13, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Jerry Lane's past has truly caught up with him, a real loser and egostical maniac. I'v been in the USPS over 30 years and know a number of people. Jerry comes from Manhattan NY where he was almost was fired for fraud. During the restructure of 1992 he received a promotion to Queens totally based on his birth right. There he was mentored by Rosati another bully. Along comes Jack Potter out of school looking for diversity giving Jerry a Plant in Baltimore. Jerry immeadiately acts like a NY wiseguy, bullying people to reach his objectives. Time goes on and he works for Black another bully and partners with Haney
another bully and egotisical maniac. Some how Black leaves and Jerry becomes the V/P. It's amazing Black still has a job! Jerry as we all know fudges numbers, created separate mailstreams and has received numerous awards from Pat and Jack. The USPS is only interested in numbers and doesn't care how their 8 V/Ps get them. I speak to people all over the country and without fail 7 of the 8 Operation V/Ps should not be in their position. Another winner is Steve Forte another bully who according to my friends in the old NY Metro should have been fired years ago,let alone get Galligan's job. Hopefuuly the Board wakes up and truly sees Jack, Pat, and the others for what they are. Money seekers who will do anything and close their eyes, regardless how people are treated to get numbers!!!
Jeery Lane one of the favorites violates the code of ethics, violence in the workplace and sleeping with people who work for him. A class act, have no fear our next V/P will probably be Tim Haney the closest one to Jerry. It's hard to believe Haney won't come back very vindictive, another V/P who belittles his mangers on telecons and screams and yells at will. So let's watch our backs, keep notes and don't hestiate to report meaningful issues to the OIG.
If the public and news outlets truly know what we experience most of upper management will not be working for the service.

Posted by: wash12 | June 13, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I believe the PO has been deliberately working toward imploding itself for some time. Everything upper management does points toward selling out to competitors for takeover and dissolution of USPS. PM's and managers are allowed to do the most brazen things that hurt business. Returning items to sender because address is off, when they know full well for whom it is intended. This is brought to managers attention and nothing is done. The micro-managing, solely for the aforementioned numbers realization toward bonuses, is a form of slavery. Again, this practice rarely has anything to do with getting the job done right and well.

Posted by: kjeffco | June 14, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

I’m not surprised what has happened to Jerry Lane. Postal managers use violent tactics and commit fraud without ever being held accountable. He was reprimanded because the woman called “911” and the local authority had to respond. THEY COULDN’T SWEEP IT UNDER THE RUG AND GIVE A PROMOTION OR A LATERAL MOVE TO THE PERPETRATER. Postal manager commit fraud quite frequently. When fraud has been reported against mgmt, an investigation is never done. When fraud is reported against an hourly employee, the inspectors come out with guns blazing.

Posted by: kevinolive8 | June 14, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I am a postmaster under Mr. Lane and know first hand how the placement of people in jobs they are not qualified for costs the Postal Service millions every year. The former Charlottesville plant and the new Richmond plant are a joke except no one is laughing. Those of us on the front lines apologize every day to our customers for the poor service or should I say lack of service they receive because customer service is not the "flavor of the day" - chasing number is...we could save Saturday delivery with the money we waste every day requiring our employees to run up and down the highways delivering 2 or 3 pieces of mail that could be a test piece - what do you think that costs in hours and miles? Postmasters are required to take the mail to the plant if their carriers are late and the mail misses dispatch. If Mr. Potter and his harem of VP"s had a clue they would see where the savings could be captured and the American public would not have to lose a day of delivery because some manager wants to keep his 6 figure salary. I realize we are not funded by the American taxpayer but we are accountable for waste and excessive spending in areas that have nothing to do with moving the mail. If we truly do have less mail - "volumes are down" - then why are we building larger plants with more machines to work mail we don't have and take longer to get it where it belongs than we did 30 years ago? Mr. PMG and your VPs - why aren't jobs being cut at Postal headquarters instead of in delivery? Mr. Lane is gone but I assure you he will be replaced with someone who will carry on where he left off - and that is not a good thing. I am also curious to know if many of the unqualified people he put in place are worried about losing the position they never really earned in the first place.

Posted by: scratchsbird | June 15, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

What about the Plant manager? If the rumors that she "performed nightly" for her job and received a tip of a CAR to boot,she needs to go too. If she was putting out and felt she had put out enough and the deal was paid for, then she set him up by whispering sexual harassment knowing he would flipped out, what happens to her. There should be an investigation of her conduct, lie detector test or something to determine if she was acting improperly too. Something stinks with her too, no man flips out like this over poor performance at work. There is smoke behind her fire too. Rumor is she has been a bike, many have rode on her seat. When will our men learn to play in their own swimming pool. On top of that with a low to no case one at that. Shame on you Lane,

Posted by: seriousreader | June 17, 2010 4:11 AM | Report abuse

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