COARSEGOLD — Who knew that the gift of a t-shirt from his father would start Anil Olivera down a path that has led to his appointment as Postmaster at the Coarsegold Post Office.
At a ceremony at the Coarsegold Community Center last Friday, Olivera, 42, was honored by 13 other postmasters, local community leaders, and his friends and family, as he stepped into his new job.
Senior Operations Manager Kimi Lonjin administered the oath of office as Olivera’s daughter Eliyana assisted.
“Anil is a very devoted employee,” said Lonjin. “He has never said no to anything I’ve asked him to do, and I know he will bring that same dedication to the job of Postmaster.”
About 25 years ago, when Olivera was attending college in Mumbai, India, his father bought him a t-shirt that said “United States Postal Service” on it.
“I had no clue. I did not wear that t-shirt at first, but it looked so good on me,” Olivera said with a smile. “People said ‘you look like a model,’ so I wore it.”
After coming to the United States, his father told him the post office was hiring so he took the test and after waiting out a two-year hiring freeze, began his career as a mail processing clerk in Manhattan, New York, in 2001.
“It’s the largest post office facility in the world,” said Olivera.
He quickly gained the trust and respect of his coworkers and managers, becoming a Supervisor in 2004, responsible for The Bronx, White Plains and Westchester County, New York.
In 2007, he moved to the Fresno area, and took on the job of Supervisor for all the Fresno offices and Acting Manager in three of the six.
In 2015, Olivera became Supervisor in Sanger, and in March 2017, was promoted to Postmaster of the Coarsegold Post Office.
At his swearing-in, Olivera was joined by his proud parents Joseph and Velsi Olivera, and by his wife Lavy and daughters Eliyana, age 6, and Mishayel, age 5.
Olivera looks forward to his new position, and is committed to maintaining the highest level of service to the customers of the Coarsegold Post Office, where he says the employees let him know from day one that they love their jobs.
“We are all public servants,” he said, “and our goal is always to provide excellent service to our customers.”