First Carson City female postmaster sworn in
On Tuesday morning, history was made at the post office on South Roop Street.
Not only did they promote Heidi Clark as the 27th postmaster in Carson City — she also became the first female postmaster of the community.
“Becoming a postmaster is a big, traditional transition,” said Jason McMahill, senior manager of Post Office Operations-South. “It deserves recognition from the state.”
Representatives from offices of Congressman Mark Amodei, Sen. Dean Heller, Sen. Harry Reid and Gov. Brian Sandoval attended Clark’s ceremony. Nevada-Sierra District Manager Belinda Olson swore her in.
Clark moved to Reno from Salt Lake City during the spring to continue her career in postal service in Carson City. She obtained her first role as a clerk in 1999 and entered a supervisory training program in 2007. Before moving to Reno, she served as station manager for the South Salt Lake City station.
With tears in her eyes, Clark said she couldn’t be more excited to start her new role.
“I am thrilled with the area, the residents and the warm embrace I’ve received from Carson City,” said Clark. “The employees here have a reputation for service that will only continue to get better and better.”
Her family also was in attendance, including her mother and two children, Cameron and Cadence.
Her husband, Brandon Clark, performed the National Anthem on his bass guitar as Carson City High School’s NJROTC Color Guard presented a salute.
“We’re so excited for her,” he said. “She’s been working towards this for the last ten years.”
Her co-workers also are in awe of her accomplishments. Former postmaster Wes Sirotek said he spent a few weeks training Clark.
“She’s doing great,” Sirotek said. “It’s a big achievement, especially in a workforce that mostly consists of men. It’s a great sign of evolution.”
Clark will have her name printed on the postmasters’ list in her office, which began well before Nevada’s statehood, with the first postmaster in office November 1858.
“To have my family here and their support makes me happy,” Clark said. “I’m so grateful and I’m looking forward to provide Carson City even more reliable service.”