Team Spotlight - Roy Chancellor
Today, meet Roy Chancellor, a Software Engineer on the Nlets Application Services team. He has been with us for nearly two years and shared his favorite part of working at Nlets (and so much more)
Q. What Are the Primary Responsibilities of Your Role?
A. As part of the Nlets Application Services team, I help develop and maintain all the software components required to run the Nlets NJIN, including internal and external services, and the underlying software infrastructure. Our team also works closely with the Nlets Service Center to help troubleshoot problems that Nlets users are experiencing, such as XML message formatting and routing configuration. My areas of focus include maintaining the Nlets parsing service for DMV transactions, running offline search requests, and developing/maintaining several services, such as the new Mobile Device Query. The wide variety of work makes the job super interesting!
Q. What is Your Favorite Part About Working at Nlets? Why?
A. In short, the uniqueness of the company and its purpose. Having grown up watching shows like ADAM-12 and Emergency! I have always been fascinated with law enforcement and the criminal justice system in general. To have the opportunity to combine my love of computer programming in support of law enforcement is amazing. It is deeply satisfying, and sobering, to know that our work directly impacts the safety of individual officers every day.
Q. When You Are Not at Work, What Do You Like to Do? Hobbies? Secret Talents?
A. My hobbies center on the outdoors. My wife and I enjoy hiking and build it in to pretty much every trip we take. I am an avid dirt bike rider (when it’s not a million degrees in Phoenix) and currently ride a 1997 Honda XR400R. I also own a 1979 International Scout, which my grandfather bought new and got passed down to me. It keeps my mechanic skills fresh.
Q. Why Did You Initially Choose to Work at Nlets? How Did You Hear About It and What Has Kept You Here?
A. I came to software engineering in a somewhat unconventional way after having worked for 15 years as a mechanical engineer and 11 years as a high school math teacher (a story for another time). I was teaching math and computer programming but wanting to move out of full-time teaching when I ran across the position. Like most others, I had never heard of Nlets, but it seemed like an interesting company. Turns out, the hiring manager’s daughter and my daughter both went to the same school where I also taught. Seemed like a sign! What keeps me at Nlets is the wide variety of work assignments and the direct impact I get to make on Nlets users.