Victoria’s New Postmaster

We learned that Karla J. Bogucki, Victoria’s new postmaster, has a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Music and Music Therapy.  “I never thought in a million years that I’d end up here, but life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.  I took the job at USPS as a temporary position after moving back to Minnesota from New York.  The six month job blossomed into the 12-year career when I couldn’t find stable work as a Music Therapist.”

Young Baron Bogucki, Karla’s son, led the guests in saying the Pledge of Allegiance.  Master of Ceremonies was Lisa Sunderland, Staffing Specialist who worked with Karla in downtown Minneapolis. 

Never before in the history of Victoria has a new Postmaster been sworn in with such public and official ceremony.

Victoria City Councilmember Tom Strigel gave a brief history of the postal service in Victoria.  He said Victoria’s first post office in 1863 was in John A. Salter’s home.  It was called the Laketown Post office and renamed to Victoria Post Office in 1883.  Victoria’s population was around 200.  “We’re still kind of a small town, where people know each other,” said Tom.

Karla’s husband Mark Bogucki held the Bible for his wife.  The oath of office was administered by Tom Gergen, Karla’s former boss as Manager of Human Resources, Northland District USPS in Minneapolis, and he remains her mentor.

Stated Mr. Gergen, an experienced attorney, professor, as well as Karla’s manager when she worked as Field Recruiter in Northland District USPS, “Karla did a phenomenal job in everything she did.  She is a consummate professional.  Karla is an absolutely wonderful person.”

The oath:  “I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.  I solemnly swear that I will bear true faith and allegiance to that Constitution.  I solemnly swear that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the Office of Postmaster.  So help me, God.”  Welcome to Victoria, Karla.

Carver County Commissioner Randy Maluchnik and Victoria City Manager Laurie Hokkanen were on hand.

The event included treating the large audience to a reception of cakes and cookies and lemonade.