LONG BEACH - Karen Harrell has been appointed as Long Beach's new postmaster effective Saturday, June 12.

"I am very excited to be given the opportunity to serve as the new Postmaster of Long Beach," Harrell said. "I'm really looking forward to getting involved in the local community again and representing the Postal Service."

Harrell, 50, began her postal service career 26 years ago as a clerk in Long Beach.

"It feels like coming home," said Harrell. "It's really been my dream to come to the place I began my career and be the Postmaster."

Harrell spent 24 years in Long Beach, both as a clerk and as an officer in charge. In August 2002 she was promoted as postmaster of Ilwaco.

As Ilwaco postmaster, Harrell hosted a First Day of Issue Ceremony for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial stamp at Cape Disappointment State Park in May.

Harrell is married with two children. During her time in Long Beach, Harrell was active in the community in youth sports and as a volunteer firefighter and EMT. In recent years Harrell's chief enjoyment has been helping her two sons get through college.

James Wills, who has been filling in as Long Beach postmaster, has been appointed as the new postmaster in Vernonia, Ore., effective on June 12.

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