Chicago’s postmaster leaves job after 7 months

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Chicago’s postmaster has left after seven months in the position.

Eddie Morgan, who has been leading the U.S. Postal Service’s Chicago district, returned Monday to his previous role as postmaster in Kansas City, Missouri, USPS Chicago district spokesman Timothy Norman confirmed Friday. No replacement has yet been named.

Norman did not give a reason for Morgan’s departure.

Morgan replaced the previous embattled postmaster, Wanda Prater, in June. That move came after complaints from congressmen, aldermen and the local mail workers union about delivery delays that U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush said amounted to an “absolute, abject, total, undeniable failure.” Prater had been postmaster since 2018, overseeing Chicago’s more than 4,300 employees and 2,100 routes.

Mack Julion, Chicago chapter president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, said he was “indifferent” to Morgan’s departure. He said issues with delivery delays persist, and attributed them to staffing shortages. Morgan’s departure is unlikely to change anything because the problems go beyond the Chicago postmaster, he said.

“He came into a situation to pretty much continue what was already started under Wanda Prater, and it failed,” Julion said.

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