Milford getting 1st female African-American postmaster

January 10, 2019 GMT

MILFORD - The city’s first female African-American postmaster will be sworn in Thursday at Milford City Hall.

The traditional postmaster’s oath of office will be issued to newly appointed Milford Postmaster Jeanette Sherrod at noon.

Since William Durand was appointed as Milford’s first Postmaster in 1795, there has been only one other woman in the city’s history to serve as postmaster.

On Thursday, the United States Postal Service will swear in the second woman and the first African-American as Milford postmaster in 224 years.

The traditional installation ceremony includes a public oath of office that says, in part, “I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter.”


In 2014, Jeanette Sherrod was a Manager Customer Services at the U.S. Postal Service in Bridgeport. Sherrod began working at the U.S. Postal Service in 2014

The public is invited to attend.

Among those expected at the ceremony are David Mastroianni. Jr., District Manager of the United States Postal Service’s Connecticut Valley District; Mayor Ben Blake; Gary Thompson, postmaster of Bridgeport; Ricky Sherrod, postmaster of Norwalk; Pastor William B. Sutton III, First Baptist Church of Stratford; Detective John Spencer Perry of the Bridgeport Police Department performing the National Anthem and Presentation of Colors by the Milford Fire Department.