How to Address an Interim Official

How to Address a Letter to an Interim Official?

Is there an appropriate way to address a letter to an interim official?
—–Is there a right way for a person to sign correspondence while serving in an interim position?
—–Should the word Interim be added to the front of the title?
———————— Vernon J. in Northern Colorado

Dear Vernon J.,
Interim is sometimes added to a title of an office when a person is temporarily put in office. Then it’s part of the title and it’s O.K. to include it when addressing the person in writing.

When writing the name of someone in a interim position — include interim in front of the title.

—–So it might look like this:
—-—-Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. Vernon Johnson
—-—-Interim Director of Compliance
—-—-Northern Colorado Power Authority

—-—-Dear Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. Johnson

While in the position he/she has full power of the office — so would sign his/her name as usual (e.g., first name, last name) because they are the Director … but are just so for the interim.

— Robert Hickey

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

When Should You Use the Forms on this Page?

You can use these forms of address for any mode of communication: addressing a letter, invitation, card or Email. (If there are differences between the official and social forms of address, I will have mentioned the different forms.)  The form noted in the salutation is the same form you say when you say their name in conversation or when you greet them.

Not Finding Your Answer?

—-#1)  At right on desktops, at the bottom of every page on tablets and phones, is a list of all the offices, officials & topics covered on the site.

—-#2)  If you don’t see the official you seek included or your question answered send me an e-mail. I am pretty fast at sending a reply: usually the next day or so (unless I am traveling.)  Note: I don’t have mailing or Email addresses for any of the officials and I don’t keep track of offices that exist only in history books.

—-#3)  If I think your question is of interest to others, Sometimes I post the question  – but always change all the specifics.

— Robert Hickey 

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"