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If you have been home when the mail has been delivered, you may have seen a familiar face. Chrisman resident Lane Good is now the city carrier for the Chrisman mail route.
Lane began his career with the post office after working as a supervisor at UPS in Rockford, Illinois.
“I was hired twelve years ago in Chrisman. At the time I was a temporary employee. After seven months they sent me to Tuscola. After three years in Tuscola, they changed my title to what is now called a City Carrier Assistant and sent me to Paris,” Good said. “After two years of that I was made a carrier employee in Paris and have been a full time employee for eight years now.”
Though he was working close to home, Good was holding out for then Chrisman carrier Kelly Gardner to retire. Gardner officially retired, but the position was temporarily filled by Jessica Middlemas for quite sometime.
Middlemas left the job a few months ago and until a carrier was found, employees from other area Post Offices were filling the position.
Eventually, this led to Good being able to transfer back to Chrisman. “Being back home, from the day I was sent to Tuscola eleven years ago, I was waiting and buying my time to get back to where it started and where I lived,” he told us.
Going from Paris to Chrisman wasn’t much of a difference for Good, delivering to about the same amount of houses that he previously had.
Being back home gives Lane more of an opportunity to be able to spend time with his family. Though it was only a fifteen minute drive, important events were still sometimes missed, but will be a top priority now that he’s in town.
“Just being back home, not having to drive to and from Paris anymore, being here when my kids have school functions that take place during or right after school, I’ll be able to make those now where as when I was in Paris, there was no guarantee I’d be able to be there.”
Finally settling down in his hometown, Good and his family are comfortable and happy. As far as the future, Lane plans to be the carrier as along as possible.
“I don’t see me leaving anytime soon,” Lane said and we are glad to see him back.