Kramer named new Lake City postmaster

Mark Kramer is seen in the Lake CIty Post Office, where he is now postmaster. GRAPHIC-ADVOCATE PHOTO/ERIN SOMMERS

Mark Kramer didn’t just want to return home to Lake City – he never really wanted to leave.

But Kramer, a 1998 Southern Cal High School graduate did leave, first to study at the University of Northern Iowa, then for a military deployment. His life took a turn from what he expected when he leveraged his criminology degree for a job with the U.S. Postal Service in 2005.

“I never thought I would do this,” Kramer said last week, his first week on the job as the Lake City Postmaster. “I wouldn’t change it.”

Kramer said the U.S. Postal Service was looking for employees with law enforcement certification. His first job with the USPS was as a clerk in the Oelwein Post Office. From there, he was a city carrier in Cedar Falls, then a supervisor in Ames, Fort Dodge and, most recently, Carroll. He and his wife moved their family to Lake City about seven years ago, to be closer to Kramer’s family. 

Read more in the Oct. 11 edition.