Western Area VP Sylvester Black to retire

The USPS has announced the retirement of Western Area Vice President Sylvester Black. Black achieved notoriety in postal circles in 2009 when it was reported that he had made violent threats against subordinates in the course of area teleconferences. At the time, National Association of Postal Supervisors Ted Keating wrote to PMG Pat Donahoe demanding that Black be fired. In the letter, Keating wrote “My question to you today Pat is, what would have happened to a supervisor or postmaster who made similar remarks about craft employees during a service talk? I think we both know the answer to that question.” No action was taken.

Here is the announcement of Black’s retirement from USPS News Link:

Sylvester Black, the 37-year USPS veteran who has served as VP, Area Operations for the Western Area, since 2002, will retire from the Postal Service Oct. 1.

Black began his career in 1975 as an accounting assistant at the Bulk Mail Center in Des Moines, IA, and has since held several positions of increasing responsibility. As New York, NY, Postmaster, Capital Metro Area’s Operations Manager, and then VP for the former New York Metro Area, Black’s hallmark achievement was improving service performance. As VP for the Western Area — which serves 49 million customers in all or parts of 18 states — Black demonstrated once again that even the largest, most geographically challenged area in the Postal Service can provide excellent customer service.

A key leader during the difficult period following the Sept. 11 attacks and the subsequent anthrax crisis, Black helped guide USPS through one of its most challenging periods. He earned a reputation as a consummate team player and mentor to USPS managers and executives, earning the Board of Governors Award three times and two Diversity Achievement Leadership Awards.

“Sylvester’s breadth of experience, expertise and dedication has served our organization extremely well over the years,” said PMG Pat Donahoe. “We will miss his leadership tremendously.”

An announcement about a replacement for the Western Area VP position will be made at a later date.

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