Postmaster reportedly put on leave after review


The postmaster at the Havre de Grace post office has been placed on administrative leave as a result of a financial review that found irregularities in the handling of funds, a source in the federal postal inspector's office said yesterday.

The employee in the postal inspector's office, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that Postmaster John J. Vitak, 52, is on leave based on a review last week.

Reached at his Havre de Grace home yesterday, Vitak declined to comment. "I'm not allowed to say anything," he said repeatedly.

Thomas Boyle, a postal inspector and public information officer, would not comment on Vitak's job status or on any investigation. But Boyle said the post office was audited as part of a standard review of the facility's finances.

Boyle said the review did not involve allegations of tampering with mail.

"The review has only been going on for a week or so," Boyle said. "We look at the office's expenses and whether money is being properly spent."

It was business as usual yesterday at the post office, which moved from Union Avenue to a modern building on Juanita Avenue about two years ago. The post office has 32 employees.

Havre de Grace City Manager Mary Ann Lisanti said the city is in the final stages of buying the historic building on Union Avenue.

Lisanti said officials were surprised that Vitak was placed on leave.

"We were absolutely shocked," she said. "I've personally worked with the postmaster, and he's always been very cooperative and very pleasant to work with."

Sun staff writer Michael James contributed to this article.

Pub Date: 1/22/99

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