Robert Sparks is used to being in charge.
As a former marine who spent seven years in the service, he became accustomed to duty and discipline which are two qualities he brings with him to Shelbyville as its new postmaster.
But it's also in his blood.
His mother, Callie Potts, was a career postal employee and retired as the senior plant manager for the Kentucky and Southern Indiana area.
Born and raised in Louisville and Southern Indiana, Sparks, 45, has himself already logged 16 years with the U.S. Postal system.