1. What was your first role at King County? I came to King County in April of 1999 as the Loss Control Manager in the Office of Risk Management. My position was new and was added as a result of a budget proviso. The council wanted more resources dedicated to preventing liability losses. One of my early attempts at sharing lessons learned with departments was through a publication called the Risk Management Recipe (I love to cook, hence the name!). The publication did not last but the concept of collecting, sharing, and disseminating lessons learned has remained.
2. What do you do as King County Risk Manager? I recently had the pleasure of meeting with a graduate student in the Evans School of Public Affairs about her interest in public sector risk management as a career. I described our lines of business within the Office of Risk Management: claims investigation and resolution, purchasing insurance coverages for county operations, consulting with agencies on appropriate risk transfer in their contracts, managing our insurance fund to finance our retained risk, and enterprise risk management which I’ll explain in a moment. It was so much fun describing my job to this student because I am certain I have the most interesting and enjoyable job in King County!
- What was your first role at King County? Upon completing the police academy, I was assigned to the SW precinct as a patrol officer. I was in a marked patrol car dealing with calls for service in the unincorporated area of King county. Loved that assignment. Everything was new and exciting. I worked with wonderful people and had many eye opening experiences.
- Why did you choose law enforcement as a career? I initially entered college with the thought of becoming a dispatcher. It was during my criminal justice classes, that I changed my focus and decided to pursue a career as a police officer. The King County Police Department recruiter at the time came to our college and encouraged us to apply. I took the exam, and was very fortunate to get hired one month after I turned 21. Thirty-four years later I still love my job and feel very fortunate not only for the career, but for landing in such a wonderful agency. I always knew that I wanted to work in a profession where I could help others and make a difference. The King County Sheriff’s Office has given me numerous opportunities to do both. Continue reading →