Former Newman Postmaster John Cabral used to commute nearly an hour from his Salida home, where he has lived 14 years.
Before that, he drove even farther to postal jobs in San Jose and Sacramento. Taking the top job in his adopted hometown has reduced Cabral's commute to a couple of minutes.
"This is an awesome little community," said Cabral, whose other postal positions took him all over the nation. "I've lived in metropolitan areas and cities of millions, and this is where I love it."
Cabral took over six months ago for Dennis Thompson, who set a longevity record when he retired after 20 years as Salida postmaster and 40 years with the quaint post office, built in the 1950s.
U.S. Postal Service swearings-in aren't rushed, and Cabral, 49, will take the oath of office Friday. The Santa Clara native served in the Marine Corps for four years before taking a postal job in 1985. He took over Newman's top spot in mid-2011 when duties expanded to take in the Gustine and Santa Nella areas, then jumped at a chance to "come home" to Salida.
The public swearing-in is at 11 a.m. at the Salida post office, 4536 Broadway.