William Michael Schrier, 2010 Honoree

Chief technology officer
City of Seattle
First job:
High school science and math teacher
Most valuable career advice:
"Keep quiet and listen."
Favorite vice:
Favorite gadget:
"Digital camera. I love photography."
Leadership philosophy in a nutshell:
"Lead by example. Don't ask anyone to do anything you wouldn't do yourself."
Passion outside of work:
"Staring at the night sky. I enjoy astronomy, but it is a difficult hobby to pursue in light-polluted Seattle."
Favorite sport:
"Running and bicycle commuting. I have either run home (6 miles) or bicycled home (14 miles) almost every workday for the past 26 years, some 6,000-plus trips."
In high school, I was...
"building my own telescope."
Technology pet peeve:
"Automating cow paths. The idea that everything has to be automated. Pen and paper work fine for lots of business needs."
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