For anyone who’s keeping count, a grand total of 4,189 postmasters took advantage of a $20,000 buyout/early-out deal, according to a final tally from the U.S. Postal Service. The vast majority of those left in July; several hundred more departed in August and September.
USPS executives announced the package in May at the same time that they unveiled plans to reduce customer service hours at some 13,000 post offices. The final number is a bit more than the Postal Service had predicted back in August; it represents about one-fifth of all postmaster positions on the rolls earlier this year.