Get to know Veronica Bell, Recording Supervisor for the Washoe County Recorder’s Office. We asked Veronica a series of questions to get to know her better…
Tell us about yourself:
When I accepted an entry level position within the Washoe County Recorder’s office years ago, I had no idea that I would enjoy the field of records management so much. During my career I’ve had an opportunity for continued growth and personal development in a field that not only continues to interest me but also continually expands my knowledge base. There seems to be a continual supply of new or different things to learn or expand on, particularly during the Legislative Session years. I’m always interested in how other governmental and private entities handle records preservation and retention. The part of my work that I love the most is being able to be part of the organization that provides such valuable service to the public.
Where do you work? What is your role with the organization?
I work in the Washoe County Recorder’s Office as a Recording Supervisor
What drew you to records management/information governance originally?
As a title company employee, I would make daily trips to the Recorder’s office. I would do research in the library and bring documents for recording. It felt like the Recorder’s office was the final step to making things “official”. I remember having such a sense of accomplishment when I was able to get everything “on record”. I then became very interested in what processes were taking place after my part, as the customer, was done.
What do you like most about records management/information governance?
I like that we preserve history for the future
What do you find the most challenging about records management/information governance?
As technology advances it can be challenging to find the most practical application and cost-effective solutions for statutory changes.
What advice do you have for newcomers to our industry?
Find a way to balance the old and the new. Continually look for ways to improve upon what your organization does without losing the integrity of past processes.
What are your hopes for our industry?
Continued technological growth and advancement. From the perspective of being a public office, if we can not only keep up but also stay ahead of the growing and changing needs of the community, then the better we are.
How do you define success?
I think when you really look at what, how, and why you do what you do and f you genuinely feel good about those different aspects, in that area you are successful.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
People would be surprised to know that I have worked in the Recorder’s office for over 22 years and if I could go back and change that, I wouldn’t.
What is your hidden talent?
I’m good at maintaining what I call “The 3 C’s” in challenging situation.
Calm – Cool – Collected
Do you have a favorite quote?
“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” -Maya Angelou
Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities?
A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
The penguin says:
”Why so serious?”
He is here to remind us that life is supposed to be fun.