John Douds claims that he had no idea growing up that he would be working in the postal business, but the newly appointed Dagsboro postmaster said he couldn’t ask for a better career.
With 11 years working for the U.S. Postal Service, Douds has held a multitude of positions, ranging from a distribution clerk in Salisbury, Md., to sales and service associate and supervisor. He had recently served as postmaster in Willards, Md., but with the transition to postmaster of Dagsboro comes an increase in responsibility.
“It’s a lot like running your own business,” said Douds. “I’ve got to make sure mail is delivered in a professional and timely fashion. There’s also the financial aspect of everything. It can be a tough job, but I love doing it.”
As Dagsboro’s postmaster, Douds will find himself operating among 12 employees and two clerks, divvying tasks among five different routes, and serving 2,600 rural mail deliveries and 400 post office box customers. The Dagsboro facility is sizably larger than the four-employee post office he had previously worked for in Willards. “The retail here is stronger,” said Douds. “The area has grown by leaps and bounds, and it’s going to continue to grow.”
Postmaster had not always been in the cards for Douds, who graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in agricultural economics. “I really wouldn’t have guessed that is what I’d be doing for my career, but it’s where life took me. I’m really thankful for that.”
He remains active in the community, helping out with Cub Scout Pack 280 in Ocean View, coaching T-ball for Sussex County Little League and volunteering with the Sea Colony Sharks swim team.
Douds lives in Selbyville with wife, Andrea, and their three children, ages 4, 6 and 9. Douds said he receives much support from his family. “You know what they say – behind every good man…” said Douds with a laugh. “My wife’s really supported me the whole way.”
An installation ceremony will be held for John Douds on Dec. 12, at noon at the Bethel Center on Clayton Street in Dagsboro.