Dennis Stang to lead Maple Grove, Osseo Post Offices
As of Dec. 14, the Post Offices of Maple Grove and Osseo have a new Postmaster.
Dennis Stang was sworn in that day, which was also Customer Appreciation Day at both Post Offices.
Stang replaces Tim Waterman, the former Postmaster of Maple Grove and Osseo, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor and later died in July. Waterman was appointed in 2010.
“This was my goal, to be here in Maple Grove/Osseo,” Stang said.
He went on to say that when he was younger it was a treat to go to the cities, from where he lived in central Minnesota. Maple Grove kept growing and when he began working for the Post Office, he loved everything about the area.
Stang has been employed by the United States Postal Service for 26 years. “The last 10 years I have been a Postmaster somewhere in the state,” he said. “This is my third office I was appointed to. I have moved around the state filling in where I was needed. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work all over the state. I loved it.”
Previously, he was Postmaster in Alexandria. But being a Postmaster doesn’t even feel like a job to him.
“The people around here are so nice,” Stang said. “I love having fun with people and I like the word ‘smile.’ A customer in Osseo told me to ‘keep smiling like that’ after I wished her happy holidays. That’s what I like.”
He said the Post Office is going through changes, just like many other businesses around with the economy. “We still try to provide the best customer service as possible,” he added.
Stang is working on standardizing the Maple Grove and Osseo offices, as all U.S. Post Offices are looking to do things the same way no matter where a customer goes. Another test area is the Hopkins office, which has started to deliver packages on Sundays.
The swearing in ceremony Dec. 14, a tradition, included fellow postmasters, family and mentors. Stang actually took an oath for the security of the United States Postal Service. “It’s very important to me,” he said. “I’m very excited and proud.”
Stang still lives in Albany, but is looking to sell his home and move to the Maple Grove/Osseo area. “I finally have the feeling this is where I want to be,” he added.