With a hobby of cooking and a family who owns a Vidalia onion farm, the new postmistress is bringing new flavor to Thomson.
Paula Fuller replaces postmaster George Hester, who retired last January. Scott Carpenter served as interim postmaster until the new one could be hired.
Ms. Fuller comes to the Thomson branch of the United States Post Office with over 19 years experience in postal service. Ms. Fuller said she first began working for the USPS as a casual worker, and since then has been a clerk and a carrier for city and rural routes, a sales service associate, is a certified national auditor of address management systems, and a certified route inspector for city routes. She has been officer in charge of five locations and postmistress at three before Thomson.
Before working in postal service, Ms. Fuller said her job as a computer programmer required that she travel a lot, leaving no time for family or activities.
"My family is more important than my job," Ms. Fuller said.
Ms. Fuller has two adult children who live in Florida and Texas. She is currently commuting from Vidalia every day, but plans to move to Thomson next week. Her family in Vidalia operates an onion farm, so Ms. Fuller "just may saturate Thomson with onions."
Ms. Fuller said she has always been involved in her local church, teaching Mission Friends or AWANA, and hopes to become involved in a similar manner with a church in Thomson. She has already attended Rotary and Kiwanis meetings.
"I would like to be active in the community," Ms. Fuller said. "I want to be involved mentoring children."
Ms. Fuller describes herself as "a perfectionist." Her hobby is cooking, and she hopes to share this talent with the community, also.
Before beginning her new job, Ms. Fuller said she heard "nothing but positive things about Thomson." She said her transition here has been pleasant, because "the whole community, even the customers, have been receptive."
"I have to say that I have the greatest staff here," she said. "They work well together, and they are dedicated to their job. They are great."