SC Staff Report
Captiva Island’s Post Office hosted an Oath of Office ceremony Wednesday, Feb. 19, to install the island’s 12th postmaster, Carol M. Marlet, who has more than 22 years of service in the Suncoast District of the United States Postal Service.
“Thank you for taking time out of your important schedule to share this special day with me,” Marlet said. “A special thanks to my mother, Ailene ‘Mickie’ Fuller, whose unceasing love and support has inspired me to reach for the stars.”
Marlet began her career with the USPS in 1997 as a distribution clerk at the Fort Myers Postal and Distribution Center. In 2015, Marlet was the sales and service associate on Captiva before being promoted to supervisor of customer service at the Sanibel Post Office two years later.
In November, she was promoted to the position of postmaster on Captiva, where she is joined by Sales and Service Associate Barbara Chinyoung and HCR Driver Louis Velasquez. She holds a love for the community and a passion for excellence.
“If I think of my customers as family, I can excel,” she said.
Southborough, Mass., Postmaster Ryan DiEoreo was the master of ceremony for Marlet’s installation. Chapel by the Sea Rev. Larry Marshall delivered the invocation and island resident Deb Almeida sang the National Anthem. Suncoast District Manager of Post Office Operations Sherry Judy performed the Oath of Office. A reception followed the ceremony.
Marlet has resided in Southwest Florida since 1981, when she moved from Hamliton, Mass. She previously worked as special assistant to the health director at the Charlotte Correctional Institute before becoming a correctional officer there. She has been married to Stephen Gauthier for more than a decade. Together, they have four children – three sons and one daughter – and six grandchildren.
A self-supporting government enterprise, the USPS is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation – 152 million residences, businesses and post office boxes. The postal service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sales of postage, products and services to fund its operations.