GV honors retiring postal carrier with plaque

21 people came out to honor retiring U.S.P.S. mail carrier Jim Davalos, including four current and former city council representatives of GV City Council District Four. Can you find T.J. Gordon, Gary Kleeman, Judy Hilton and Tom Stahl in the crowd? Photo by Freda Miklin

BY FREDA MIKLIN
STAFF WRITER

At the January 9 Greenwood Village City Council meeting, GV Mayor George Lantz read a statement honoring Jim Davalos, who, the mayor shared, is retiring from the U.S. Postal Service after delivering the mail to the Cherry Creek Village North neighborhood for 18 years. 

Twenty-one neighborhood residents came to share their admiration for the service they have received from Postal Carrier Davalos. One of his “clients,” Council Member Judy Hilton, accompanied by former Council Member T.J. Gordon and resident Katie Kleeman, gave Davalos a plaque, and said, “This man is absolutely wonderful. He knows everything about everybody in our neighborhood, and he has been very tactful, gentle, and positive with all of us.” 

Hilton read from the plaque, “In recognition of Jim Davalos, the City of Greenwood Village and Cherry Creek Village North thank you for 20 years of excellent service and celebrate your hard work and dedication as our U.S.P.S. mail carrier. We are forever grateful for the many lives you’ve touched with your tremendous work ethic and heart of gold.”

Katie Kleeman added, “Jim is no ordinary mailman. He is the man. Why does someone have such dedication to our neighborhood? Because he cares. He loves us. He loves our family. He loves our community. He goes to parties, he goes to birthdays, he even goes to neighborhood funerals.”

T.J Gordon shared that he’d spoken to Davalos and, “In retirement, he plans to get a trailer and play golf in all 50 states.”

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