Rich Bishop won’t be riding off into the sunset and trying to decide which golf course to play every day. When his retirement takes affect on July 31, he will transition to his new career as a para-professional working with special needs students at Augusta High School and coach of the girls’ volleyball team.


Richard Bishop is retiring as the postmaster in Augusta.
But he won’t be riding off into the sunset and trying to decide which golf course to play every day. When his retirement takes affect on July 31, he will transition to his new career as a para-professional working with special needs students at Augusta High School and coach of the girls’ volleyball team.
Bishop started his postal career as a carrier in Wichita in 1979. In 1985, he came to Augusta where he would become postmaster in 1993. Five years into his tenure, he led the local post office through the difficult task of delivering mail to a flood stricken community.
He was able to keep most routes delivered during the crisis although some people whose homes were underwater were forced to pick up mail inside the post office for some time.
Although he denied a co-worker’s claim that he had to feed and water the horses for the Pony Express, Bishop admits he has seen a lot of changes during more than 30 years in the post office.
“Everything is so much more automated now,” he said. “I remember supervisors having to separate magazines by hand. Everything was that way but not anymore.”
Bishop left Augusta in 2002 when he and his wife move to Texas. When they returned, he worked his way from Wellington to Derby and back to Augusta where he finished his final three years with Augusta.