Despite both being islands with decent surfing, there’s not much that
Puerto Rico and Kodiak have in common. Both, however, do have U.S. Post
Offices and need postmasters. And in this case, Cabo Rojo’s gain will be
Kodiak’s loss, as Postmaster Bill Kersh leaves here for there next
Kersh, who’s been postmaster in Kodiak for about seven years, recently
accepted a similar job just about as far away from Kodiak one can get
and still be in the United States.
Cabo Rojo, on the southwest corner of the island, has a population of
50,000 in the city, with several other towns surrounding it. Kersh has
never been there, but plans a visit soon.
In Kersh’s time as the Kodiak postmaster, there have been a lot of
changes, both in staff and infrastructure. Though the size of the staff
is a fraction of what it was when he arrived, due to the Postal
Service’s well-publicized financial troubles, Kersh said the people he
worked with here were top-notch.
Kersh also involved himself actively with the community, serving five
years on the Planning and Zoning Commission and participating with
several groups around town, including the Lions, Elks and Coast Guard
Kersh and his family will be leaving for Puerto Rico in mid June.