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By Teresa Bigham/The Hesperian-Beacon—
FLOYDADA – John Neill’s life changed on April 25, when he walked in the Floydada Post Office as the new postmaster.
He was born in Chicago and lived there for three years. His family then packed up and moved to Texas.
He was working as a computer graphic consultant when he decided he needed to change from all the stress that job entailed.
After that Neill worked many years as a security guard. One day he noticed a post office in the same shopping center as his security job was hiring. He applied for that job and his career in the postal service was born.
He has worked in the postal field for fifteen years. He has mainly worked in the Austin area. For three-and-a-half years he was in San Antonio. The post office there had 77 routes of mail delivery. That is quite different from our six routes.
Neill has been married for eight years to the love of his life, Mosammat. She is currently still living in San Antonio. She is waiting for her job transfer to come through while trying to sell their home.
“My wife is also employed through the postal service,” said Neill. “She works as a maintenance mechanic. What she really does is work at a postal plant where the mail goes to be sorted out then is sent off to its destination.” “When her transfer comes in, she will likely work in Lubbock, Amarillo or even Abilene,” added Neill.
Neill is currently living in Floydada, but the couple plan to live halfway between jobs. He would like everyone in our community to know that he is here to provide the best service he can, and he will do everything in his power to fill the big shoes of the last postmaster.
When he is not working, Neill enjoys trying new restaurants and spending as much time as he can with his family.
He also enjoys practicing his Spanish which he is very fluent in. “I had a friend who was from Mexico City,” said Neill. “We traded language lessons. I taught her English and she taught me the beautiful Spanish language,” added Neill.
“Floydada is a beautiful community,” he said. “I’m extremely excited to be apart it. I can’t wait to meet everyone that lives here.”