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11/14/2012 Email this articlePrint this article 
Tracy Harris officially began as DeWitt’s new postmaster Oct. 6 and will be sworn-in at an installation ceremony Friday, Nov. 16, at 9 a.m. at the DeWitt Post Office. Harris lives in Eldridge with her husband, Jeff, with whom she has two children, son Brice and daughter Stephany. Photo by Kate Howes
Harris feels at home filling DeWitt's postmaster position

By Kate Howes
Staff writer

Tracy Harris of Eldridge is no stranger to DeWitt, which in turn has made stepping in as the city's new postmaster a fairly smooth and simple transition.

Harris, who brings with her 11 years of experience as postmaster of the Eldridge post office, says living only 15 minutes away and filling in a few times for previous postmaster Sandy Cox has afforded her the luxury of already knowing the community and her staff well.

"I feel very comfortable here," Harris relates. "My husband, Jeff, and I have been coming (to DeWitt) to go out to eat and see movies for years and our children have competed in numerous sports tournaments here so I'm pretty familiar with the town."

Her career with the postal service began as a letter carrier in Davenport where Harris later became a supervisor. She then was a supervisor in Bettendorf and spent a couple of years working as a retail supervisor at the district office in Des Moines.

Harris later worked as the postmaster in Wilton and then in Eldridge.

As she settles into her new position in DeWitt, Harris says eventually she would like to see the post office be more community-oriented.

While serving as postmaster in Eldridge, Harris says she was involved with the chamber of commerce.

"I think because the post office is a government entity, it's not expected to be or seen as any of the other businesses in town," Harris notes. "But we're here, just off the downtown strip and at some point I'd like us to be part of that business group. If I want people's business, then I'd like to be able to give something back."

However, for now, Harris simply is getting used to her new job and is grateful to have a reliable staff surrounding her.

"I've had the benefit of getting to work with these people before whenever I filled in," she says. "So I was able to get to know everybody and I knew coming in I had good people to work with. It truly is a great staff and that's such a big part of what makes my job better. I like what I do and I'm lucky to be doing it with such good people."

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