The Merced post office has a new top official.
Tony Renon, 51, took the postmaster oath of office Friday at the M Street location from Bobbi Riley, manager of post office operations.
"It is a great honor to be a postmaster," Renon said. "Postmasters are an elite group, following in the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin, our first postmaster general of the United States."
As Merced postmaster Renon oversees 98 employees who process and deliver more than 60,000 pieces of mail to 36,377 addresses every day.
The office covers 41 city routes, 12 rural routes and 1,836 post office boxes.
Renon, a Marine Corps veteran, carried his first letter as a mailman in 1990 in Sacramento. From 1991 to 1994, he held clerk, mail handler and supervisory positions in Colorado post offices and distribution centers.
In 2006, Renon transferred to a station manager position in New Mexico and was promoted the same year to supervisor of mail in Albuquerque.
He moved on in 2011 to serve as postmaster in Taos, N.M., and Farmington, N.M.
Renon takes over from predecessor Chuck Mittan, who transferred to a postmaster position in Newman. Mittan served in Merced for three years.
Los Banos Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562 or email@example.com.