Al Santos, Sacramento's 26th Postmaster
Sacramento’s new postmaster runs marathons and practices martial arts to stay in shape. Now, he’s tasked with shaping up a regional post office that’s lost 30 percent of its mail in the last two years.
It used to be that a single postal worker would stand in a processing room and sort through mail by hand -- at a rate of 18 letters a minute. Now, a machine sorts through 40,000 letters an hour.
But as technology giveth, technology taketh away. Thanks to email and the recession, the United States Postal Service now finds itself losing money -- and looking at closing some of its post offices.
That’s the challenge Al Santos faces as he finishes his first week as Sacramento’s 26th postmaster. He started as a letter carrier in 1987. Most recently, he helped manage the big Los Angeles district. We caught up with him Thursday on the processing floor in West Sacramento.