“I’m still in good health, and I want to do some traveling,” he said. “I enjoy fishing — my son and I go fishing a lot, and it’ll give me time for that. I feel like it’s just time to go.”
Steve Dumais, who has worked with Breiner at the post office for 28 years, said he hoped the new postmaster — who has not been selected yet — would cultivate the same healthy environment Breiner had.
“We’re losing a member of the family; we’re like a family here, and we’ll miss him,” Dumais said. “We’re losing a friend.”
Angie Wash started work at the post office a decade ago; she said Breiner had been essential to her development.
“It’s going to be really sad, because he’s not just a boss; he’s a mentor and a friend, and he’s been really helpful to me to advance my career here,” Wash said. “I started out as a carrier, and I was able to move inside to a different position, and he was key in helping me do that.”
Breiner said he hoped his legacy would be fairness to his employees.
“I hope that I leave behind that I was fair,” he said. “I think a lot of companies now are expecting more of their employees than is really reasonable, but if a person comes in, I want to be fair to the employees.”
Wash said Wilmore as a whole would miss its postmaster.
“I’m happy for him that he’s able to retire while he’s so young and can still enjoy his retirement, because so many people have to wait until so late in life to retire,” she said. “It’s exciting for him, but we’re going to miss him greatly; he will be greatly missed by the community, too.”
Breiner said it wouldn’t be easy to leave his post-office family.
“I’ve really enjoyed working here; I’m happy to be leaving, but I’m sad, because a lot of these people I’ve been with for 25 years,” he said. “When you’re with people your waking hours so much of the day, it’s going to be difficult to say goodbye, but I feel like it’s time, and I hope we still keep in touch.”