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Staff shortage at PO leads to long lines


Brian Varela / Petersburg Pilot

Mark Kubo exits the Petersburg Post Office on Monday after collecting his mail and prepares to stand in a long line that stretched outside the building to retrieve his package.

With the retirement of one long time postal employee and the resignation of another, the Petersburg Post Office has been left short staffed, causing shorter window hours and longer wait times, according to James Boxrud, a spokesperson with the United States Postal Service.

The local post office is normally staffed with four employees, including Postmaster Kim Aulbach. Recently, all the postal duties have fallen on Aulbach and one other employee while USPS prepares to send two employees from other branches to fill the vacant positions.

To stay on top of the incoming mail, Boxrud said the Pet...

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