Bernice Grant (photo courtesy of US Postal Service)
A Gary native has been named head of the United States Postal Service in Indiana. Here's the news release from the USPS:
INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Raised in Gary, Ind., Bernice Grant has just been selected as the chief executive of the U.S. Postal Service in Indiana. She was recently named district manager for the Greater Indiana District.
As district manager, Grant is responsible for more than 13,000 employees assigned to mail processing, mail delivery, retail sales and service and other postal operations at more than 670 Post Offices, stations and branches and ten plants covering most of Indiana. She is also responsible for more than 2.5 million delivery addresses and manages a budget of nearly $1 billion with revenue of about $1.25 billion.
Grant started with the Postal Service in 1979 as a letter sorting machine distribution clerk in Gary. She began her management career in 1981 as a supervisor, Distribution Operations, and since that time has served in positions of increasing responsibility including Operations Support specialist; multi-line Delivery analyst specialist; and manager, In-Plant Support at Gary Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC) and South Suburban P&DC, IL.
She was promoted to the Postal Service Executive ranks as plant manager of the Chicago Bulk Mail Center in July 2006. In November 2006, she served as acting senior plant manager at the Indianapolis P&DC and was permanently awarded that position in August 2007.
Grant earned both her degrees from Indiana University. She graduated from the Postal Service’s Advanced Leadership Program in 1999. She has consistently received awards and honors, including numerous Area Vice President’s Awards throughout her career. She is also Lean Six Sigma certified.
She is the daughter of Frazier and Lois Cobb of Gary. She graduated from Lew Wallace High School, and left Gary to pursue her education at Indiana University in Bloomington.
She and her husband, Duane, who is also from Gary, have been married for almost 35 years. They have three children, Duane, Michelle and Melanie and six grandchildren, Nevaeh, Tabyas, Brooklyn and Bailey, Lydia and Jaiden.