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Meet Public Works New Project Manager Chris Sanchez

on November 7, 2019 - 8:26am
Public Works Department Project Manager Chris Sanchez. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Streets and roads have been long-time fixtures in Chris Sanchez’s career. He has worked on them throughout the state while employed by the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) and Public Regulation Commission (PRC).

Now Sanchez is focusing on the streets in Los Alamos County as a project manager in the Public Works Department. 

Sanchez started his new job Sept. 23.

Sanchez was born and raised in Santa Fe. He graduated from St. Michael’s and then from Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque. He worked in the private sector before moving on to NMDOT and working there for 18 years. Sanchez said he started out as an inspector in roadway construction before working as a management analyst. He moved on to be a highway designer.

Additionally, Sanchez worked as a damage prevention investigator for the PRC.

He said he decided to switch things up when he saw the opening for Los Alamos County.

“I wanted to go back to … helping out in the field,” Sanchez said. “I missed it.”

As a project manager, Sanchez is spending a lot of time out in the field.  He said he is inspecting the street work at the Mirador Development in White Rock and he is preparing preliminary designs for street surface work, which includes sidewalks, curbs and gutters, in Barranca Mesa.

He said he enjoys the wide scope of work in his current job. Sanchez said his previous job was starting to feel repetitious.

Construction is something that runs in Sanchez’s family. He said his father was a contractor so Sanchez would do a lot of construction.

“I enjoyed it,” Sanchez said. “It came naturally.”

He added, “the more you can do your job, you start enjoying your job.”

Sanchez said he also enjoys doing his job in Los Alamos.

“It’s beautiful … everyone just seems nice. I like the area,” he said.

 Sanchez, who is also a biking and snowboarding enthusiast, said he appreciates all the recreation opportunities available in Los Alamos.

“I’m just happy I was given the opportunity to work in the County and hopefully I can do some good quality projects for the County,” Sanchez said.