Potential new Postal Service boss tied to anthrax scare worries workers

The manager of a U.S. Postal Service plant that employed two workers who died during the 2001 anthrax attacks may soon be promoted to a vice president of operations position in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

The manager, Timothy C. Haney, now oversees postal operations across most of New York, New Jersey and New England, the Washington Post reports. According to the report, Haney may soon be moved to D.C., Maryland, Northern and Eastern Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

The promotion has proven to be controversial as Haney, days before the anthrax attack, allegedly assured postal workers of their safety. Several days later, Joseph Curseen and Thomas Morris died of exposure to anthrax.

Ray Robinson, executive vice president of American Postal Workers Union Nation’s Capital Area Local 140, told the Washington Post that Haney's possible promotion is a cause for concern among some postal workers.

“We didn’t feel that they were straight with us,” Robinson told reporters with the Washington Post in reference to Haney and Postmaster General John E. Potter. “They left us in the building and we believe that they had information that showed it might have been dangerous.”

The postal worker’s union filed a lawsuit against Haney, Potter and other officials after Curseen and Morris died, arguing the Postal Service kept Washington, D.C.'s Brentwood facility, now known as the Curseen-Morris Mail processing and Distribution Center, open despite the anthrax exposure. A federal court dismissed the case.

The Postal Service has declined to comment on the potential promotion and phone calls to Haney's office in New York were not returned, according to the Washington Post's report.