New Postmaster in Rochester Happy with His Reception

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People / Sep. 7, 2017 9:05am EDT

By Martha Slater


Joben Esslinger recently began his new job as postmaster at the Rochester Post Office. (Herald / Martha Slater) Joben Esslinger recently began his new job as postmaster at the Rochester Post Office. (Herald / Martha Slater) The new postmaster at the Rochester Post Office is Joben Esslinger, who took over that position on August 19.

Esslinger came to Rochester from his previous job as delivery supervisor at the Middlebury Post office, where he was in charge of both the walking and driving carriers, as well as the clerks who worked at the carrier annex before they headed over to work at the main post office.

He grew up in North Clarendon, just south of Rutland, and graduated from Mill River Union High School, where he was in the school band and played soccer and baseball. He went on to college at Castleton, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business management in 2007.

Esslinger has been married to his wife, Stefanie, for four years.

“When we were in high school, we actually worked together at Chipman Lake in Tinmouth pulling invasive milfoil, but we didn’t start dating until we were in college,” he said with a grin.

“While I was still in college, I worked at the Shearer Honda dealership in Rutland with the intention of being a salesman,” Esslinger noted, “but, I’m not a salesman!”

Instead, he became a rural carrier associate (a sub) at the post office in Chester in 2008.

“Then, I transferred to Middlebury as a sub because there were a lot of seasoned carriers there, and when someone retired, I got my own rural route on my 28th birthday in 2012,” he noted. “Four years later, the supervisor position opened up, so I served as the temp supervisor from March-July of 2016, when I was awarded the supervisor position.”

“The best part of working for the post office is the availability of opportunity to try different things,” he added.

The Rochester Post Office is only about a 25-minute commute from his home in Brandon, and Esslinger said he’s had “a wonderful reception here. Everyone has been very nice.”

When he’s not working, he likes to go bike riding, and he and Stefanie also do a lot of hiking.

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