Gary native named Indiana Postal Service chief
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent August 10, 2012 4:50PM
Bernice Grant has just been selected as the chief executive of the U.S. Postal Service in Indiana. She was recently named district manager for the Greater Indiana District. | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 12, 2012 6:07AM
GARY — Gary native Bernice Grant has been named the chief executive of the U.S. Postal Service in Indiana and district manager for the Greater Indiana District.
She is responsible as district manager for more than 13,000 employees assigned to mail processing, mail delivery, retail sales and service, and other postal operations for more than 670 post offices, stations and branches and 10 plants covering most of Indiana.
Grant is also responsible for more than 2.5 million delivery addresses and manages a budget of nearly $1 billion with a revenue of about $1.25 billion.
Her career at the Postal Service began in 1979 when she took a position as a letter sorting machine distribution clerk in Gary. Grant began her management career in 1981 as a supervisor of Distribution Operations and since that time has served in positions of increasing responsibility including Operations Support specialist, multiline delivery analyst specialist, and manager of In-Plant Support at the Gary Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC) and the South Suburban P&DC in Illinois.
Grant was promoted to the Postal Service executive ranks as plant manager of the Chicago Bulk Mail Center in July 2006. In November of that year she served as action senior plant manager at the Indianapolis P&DC and was permanently awarded that position in August 2007.
She earned both her degrees from Indiana University and she graduated from the Postal Service’s Advanced Leadership Program in 1999. Throughout her career Grant consistently has received awards and honors including numerous Area Vice President’s Awards.
Grant is the daughter of Frazier and Lois Cobb of Gary. She is a graduate of Lew Wallace High School.
She and her husband, Duane, also a Gary native, currently reside in central Indiana’s Brownsburg. The couple has been married for almost 35 years and has three children, Duane, Michelle and Melanie, and six grandchildren.