Sanford, 59, grew up in Spring Lake and graduated from Spring Lake High School in 1970.
She takes over for retiring Postmaster John Parker, who has been based in Spring Lake for 18 years and has worked for the U.S. Postal Service for more than four decades.
“I am coming home,” said an exuberant Sanford, who began her postal career as a carrier in Spring Lake 30 years ago. “My parents still live here. They still have some employees here that worked here when I was first here. This is a great opportunity for me to come back.”
Sanford most recently served as postmaster at the Montague office. Her first postmaster assignment was in Ferrysburg in 1990.
Although her correct title in Spring Lake is officer in charge, she will be performing duties of a postmaster.
Sanford said she's excited to meet the local customers.
“I'm very strong in customer service and my main goal is to let customers know we're here for them,” she said.
Parker, 63, has seen a lot of changes since he started working for the Postal Service in Muskegon in 1966.