Interview with Richard Sanchez, Seattle Region ASC
Monday, June 13, 2016
Peggy Murphy, District Manager, Great Falls Montana interviewed Seattle Region Area System Coordinator Richard Sanchez.
Peggy Murphy: Tell us about how you became an ASC with our agency?
Richard Sanchez: I was selected for the office SLC position in 2005 and really enjoyed the responsibilities of fixing and solving issues for my colleagues. My interest and skills flourished from there. I trained with one of our region’s best ASCs, Larry Runge, who took me under his wing and provided the opportunity to improve the skillsets needed to be an effective SLC. In 2007, I accepted a Job Enhancement Program (JEP) detail to assist ASCs with a workstation refreshment project. During this assignment, I caught the ASC bug. In 2009, an ASC position opened, and the rest is history.
PM: What has been the biggest change in the use of technology since you became an ASC?
RS: Every day something is changing in technology. This is what keeps my job interesting. As the agency embraces technological advancement, we ASCs welcome the opportunity to assist in serving and increasing the speed of individual service to the public. Things as simple as the use of dual monitors were a huge asset in speeding up interviews and taking applications. I believe the biggest change for our agency has been the introduction of laptops and teleworking. For some, getting familiar with using a laptop has been quite an undertaking.
Laptops, I believe, are the future of the agency and as frustrating as they may be right now, I think as time passes . . .
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