Wendy Alexander/The Madera Tribune
Madera’s new postmaster, Henry De la Torre, center, strikes a mannequin pose with the crowd following a swearing in ceremony Friday afternoon at the Madera Post Office.
Madera’s newest postmaster, Henry De la Torre, was sworn in at the Madera post office, 201 S. D St.
“Henry’s been a friend and a mentor. He’s been a leader,” said Tulare postmaster Richard Garcia. “He’s been someone who will kick you in the butt when you need it, but he’s also someone who will put his arm around you, and take you where you need to be.”
The swearing in on Friday, though brief, saw postmasters from across the Central Valley in attendance, along with De la Torre’s family. Kimi Lonjin, manager of Post Office Operations, administered the official oath.
Despite the public ceremony, De la Torre assumed his office in late August. The office handles and delivers 57,000 pieces of mail daily to 30,764 addresses and 1,326 post office boxes via 45 combined city and rural routes. Those numbers are expected to grow greatly in the future.
De La Torre, 52, has a bachelor of arts degree from Fresno State University. He started his postal career as a city letter carrier in Fresno in 1991, moving on to manager of customer service in 2003, and shortly after became postmaster in Dinuba.