After 17 years at the helm of the Newcomerstown Post Office, Postmaster Perry Fitzgibbon officially handed over his keys to the post office to its new postmaster.

Fitzgibbon isn't retiring, which he could have done some three years ago.

Instead, he is going on to be the postmaster at the Frisco, Colo., Post Office. His official first day of operation is March 11.

Fitzgibbon was the longest serving Newcomerstown postmaster in the post office's history, according to local historians.

"It's been a fun place to work," Fitzgibbon said. "It's been interesting."

Prior to coming to Newcomerstown, he started his career in Canton in 1977 as a letter carrier. He went on to be a supervisor in Canton and then to the Uhrichsville Post Office.

Over the years, he admits that the biggest change in the post office's operation is the volume of mail that goes through the facility each day. He said he has seen a significant drop in the volume.

By transferring to Colorado, Fitzgibbon will be closer to two of his children. However, two of his children will remain in Newcomerstown.

But one of the main reasons of moving there is to be where his wife, Laurie, was born in Colorado Springs, Colo. Her family was actually one of the founding pioneer families of the state.

Frisco, Colo., is a small ski resort area, where there are approximately 2,500 permanent residents with a lot of visitors and rental properties to the ski area.

"We've been wanting to go there forever," he said, "and the opportunity just came up."

Fitzgibbon's replacement in Newcomerstown will be Rod Norman of West Lafayette, who had been serving since 2004 as the postmaster at the Buffalo Post Office.

Norman is no stranger to Newcomerstown. He started his career in the United States Postal Service in 1988 as a letter carrier in Newcomerstown.

Fitzgibbon said Norman will do a good job for Newcomerstown and the community.

Overall, he said he will miss the people of Newcomerstown but looks forward to this new adventure.