‘I Am Against Retreat:’ The Louis DeJoy Ethos and the Future of the Postal Service

Everything is “on the table” in this postmaster general’s USPS—except the status quo.

Louis DeJoy wants you to know he doesn’t have to do this.

“I have a very accomplished life,” the postmaster general, whose net worth is at least tens of millions of dollars, said in an interview with Government Executive. “I don’t have to work. I’ve got lots of things I could do.”

Instead of pursuing any of those options, DeJoy opted to enter public service, accepting the U.S. Postal Service’s board of governors’ offer to lead the mailing agency in mid-2020. His tenure has been an unusual one, garnering more attention and controversy than any of his recent predecessors. Front-page headlines and national scandals do not typically befall the Postal Service or its chief executive, but DeJoy has rarely gone more than a few weeks without finding the spotlight.

Facing allegations ranging from sabotaging the 2020 election to conducting postal business that could benefit him personally, DeJoy has sought to tune it all out.

“There’s nothing I’m going to do about this noise, right, you just can’t stop it once it starts happening,” he said. “Other than just keep moving forward, keep your eye on the ball.”


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