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Carmichael retiring as Clanton postmaster

Ronnie Carmichael is retiring from the Clanton Post Office after 37 years in postal service and more than eight years as the Clanton postmaster.

Carmichael’s official last day will be Jan. 1, and on the following day Melanie Majors will take over as acting postmaster.

“Tears are flowing,” Majors said Tuesday as Carmichael said his goodbyes to longtime employees and prepared for the upcoming transition.

“I’ve enjoyed working here,” Carmichael said. “I like the post office, but at some point in life you’ve got to stop and reevaluate your priorities. It’s time to move on to another phase of my life.”

Carmichael, a 1967 graduate of Jemison High School, started his career as a clerk in Birmingham. He earned a computer degree from Continental Community College and served as manager of information systems in Birmingham, going on to manage various stations and branches.

His career would take him across the country to several major cities, including Memphis, Tenn. It seemed only fitting that he retire in his native Chilton County.

He has served on several community organizations including the Clanton Kiwanis Club, Chilton County Cattlemen’s Association, and as a member of West End Baptist Church.

“I think Ronnie leaves big shoes to fill,” Majors said. “I’m going to do my best to take care of the community as much as he has. We cannot replace him.”

In the interim, Majors will assume day-to-day operations of the Clanton Post Office. Then, the position will be posted and a new postmaster named.

“We’re going to do our best to keep it smooth sailing,” she said.

Carmichael expressed his appreciation to all who have supported the post office in its efforts, including the annual food drive.