Bus driver is also a professional French-hornist

You wouldn’t think that being a bus driver and orchestral musician necessarily go hand-in-hand, but a new Metro Transit recruitment campaign is highlighting what’s different about its jobs by highlighting what’s different about its drivers.

The new recruitment campaign highlights the pay and flexibility of driving part time for Metro, while unmasking the secret identities of its drivers. The videos focus on these drivers, allowing them to tell their story and why they are proud to be King County Metro bus drivers.

In this installment of the campaign, a video called Metro Secret Identity: the Musician spotlights Carey, a part-time driver. After work, Carey is a professional orchestral French-hornist.

“The city is a symphony and reading the road is like reading music. You need to be watching and listening and keeping a steady motion. It kind of makes driving a bus an art form.”

Watch the video here or learn more about driving for Metro here.

Five Questions with Jameelah Cage, Training Coordinator, Department of Adult & Juvenile Detention

Jameelah Cage1. What was your first role at King County? I started my career with King County Department of Adult & Juvenile Detention close to 15 years ago as a Juvenile Detention Officer.

2. What does your work as DAJD Training Coordinator involve? As the Training Coordinator, I am responsible for scheduling, conducting, monitoring, evaluating and coordinating trainings for employees within the Department of Adult & Juvenile Detention, specifically the Juvenile Division. Within this position it is important that I research and fully understand national standards and best practices in the field of corrections to create training curriculums that will allow our employees to be properly trained in their areas of expertise.

3. What do you like most about your job? What I like most about my job is the opportunity to provide information to employees that will increase their knowledge base, and provide information to them that will allow for growth. I also love the atmosphere, and my coworkers!

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DCHS-funded August Wilson Place opens in Bellevue

Adrienne Quinn, Director of the Department of Community and Human Services, speaking at the opening of August Wilson Place

Adrienne Quinn, Director of the Department of Community and Human Services, speaking at the opening of August Wilson Place

August Wilson Place, named for the renowned playwright, officially opened its doors on May 26 at a grand opening celebration on the site in Bellevue.

The project has a total of 57 units of housing, including 16 units set aside for individuals and families exiting homelessness. Eight are set aside for veterans and three will house families with a child with a developmental disability, thanks to a capital contribution from DCHS’ Developmental Disabilities Division.

Adrienne Quinn, Director of the Department of Community and Human Services, joined members of Wilson’s family at the dedication, along with Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci and other community leaders.

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Five Questions with Karl Zimmer, Assistant Plant Manager, Wastewater Treatment Division

Karl Zimmer1. What was your first role at King County? My first role at King County was working as a Utility Worker at the West Point Treatment Plant. When I started in 1981, wastewater treatment was part of the Water Pollution Control Department for the Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle (METRO).

2. What does an Assistant Plant Manager at West Point Treatment Plan do? I am one of two Assistant Plant Managers for the West Point Treatment Plant and conveyance system in the West Section. My primary role is to assist in managing the operation, maintenance, and administration of the conveyance system.  The West Section conveyance system includes 23 pump stations, 25 regulator and outfall stations, 3 Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) treatment plants, and a number of other CSO storage and odor control facilities. The West conveyance system is a combined system, so it carries both sewer and stormwater to the West Point Treatment Plant that can overflow during rainfall events. The County is implementing a plan to substantially reduce overflows of sewage-contaminated stormwater (CSO) into Puget Sound and other area waterbodies.  I have the opportunity to work with multidisciplinary teams CSO control projects that will significantly benefit the environment and health of King County residents.

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Public Health nurse receives Shining Star award

Christina Enriquez (left) receives the Shining Star award from KCNA Vice President Deborah Greenleaf.

Christina Enriquez (left) receives the Shining Star award from KCNA Vice President Deborah Greenleaf.

The King County Nurses Association selected Christina Enriquez (pictured left) from the Auburn Public Health Center as one of its two Shining Star Award recipients at the 2015 Annual Meeting & Spring Banquet on May 7.

The KCNA presents annual awards to nurses who demonstrate excellence in their areas of practice or contribute significantly to the nursing profession.

In recognizing Christina, the KCNA noted that “Christina Enriquez has been a nurse at Auburn Public Health for 29 years, providing maternity support services and infant case management, including services to Child Protective Services (CPS) clients and weekly clinics at Muckleshoot Indian Reservation. During the summer of 2014, Christina worked tirelessly to advocate for her clients after King County announced proposed closure of four public health clinics, including Auburn’s. She organized rallies, collected petitions, reached out to community partners, and attended city council meetings, all during her “off” hours and while helping to care for grandchildren and her elderly mother. Progress was made, and the clinic was saved. A colleague says about Christina, “She is a dedicated nurse with a big heart, an advocate with a passion for all that she does, and a friend who is genuine, caring and fun.””

A moment of remembrance

Since the founding of our nation, brave men and women have fought to protect the freedoms we hold dear. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice on battlefields near and far from home.

Every year on Memorial Day, we pause to remember the more than 1.8 million men and women who have lost their lives in service to America since 1775. In mourning them, we also acknowledge the families of the fallen who share their service and sacrifice.

We honor those who did not return by doing our very best to assist the 127,000 veterans and active duty personnel who call King County home. I am proud of the way the people of King County have shown their care and support for our veterans, including their approval of the Veterans and Human Services Levy that makes it possible for King County to offer housing, employment training, emergency assistance and other supports to help stabilize the lives of our veterans and their families.

On Monday, May 25, I ask you to join me in a moment of remembrance and respect for all who have died in the service of our country, and to reflect on their families and all the men and women who continue to preserve freedom around the world and here at home.

Thank you.


Dow Constantine



Dow Constantine

King County Executive

New Metro Transit recruitment campaign unmasks drivers’ secret identities

King County Metro Transit has launched a new recruitment campaign that highlights the pay and flexibility that being a part-time bus driver offers, and unmasks the secret identities of some of its drivers.

The campaign features a video called Metro Secret Identity: the Photographer, which spotlights Nathan, a part-time driver and photographer, the first in a series of promotional videos.

“By far the coolest and most awesome part of this job is getting to deal with all the people every day and it keeps me coming back to work every day and it’s why I still love this job after seven years.”

Watch the video here or learn more about driving for Metro here.

Metro photographer

Bridge Fellows graduate from development program

The first cohort of Bridge Fellows have graduated from the inaugural Bridge Fellowship program, part of King County’s commitment to empowering and developing its employees.

The Bridge Fellowship program selected applicants from across the County to participate in a one-year leadership development program designed to advance participants’ careers with King County.

The employees who participated in the program learned more about King County as an organization, shadowed employees in other County roles, created development plans for growth, and worked collaboratively on a team project designed to extend the knowledge of Equity and Social Justice across King County.

Bridge Fellowship graduates (below from left to right): Dan Kenny (DOT), Bill Stockman (DOT), Debra Baker (DPD), Kimberlee Sawyer (DNRP), Sung Cho (DCHS), Leeza Jones (DES), Ebony Martin (DAJD), Barbara Pastores (DOT).


Five Questions with Christina Davidson, Supported Employment Program Manager, Human Resources Division

Christina Davidson1. What is your role at King County and when did you start? I started at King County on April 20 as the Supported Employment Program Manager.

2. What is your background in supported employment? I have worked in the field of supported employment for the last 10 years at PROVAIL, the state’s largest private multi-service agency dedicated to supporting people with disabilities to fulfill their life choices. Since 2009, I served as a Program Manager in PROVAIL Employment Services department overseeing the work of 11 Employment Consultants who help individuals with disabilities to find and maintain employment. I worked as an Employment Consultant for many years, developing jobs for individuals with disabilities within both small and large companies. I am excited to take my knowledge and experience to support King County in developing a strong Supported Employment program.

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Mobile Identification helps law enforcement on the go

Mobile IDWhat does an officer do when a suspect will not cooperate and provide his or her name? One solution is to use a new tool called Mobile Identification.

Mobile ID is a handheld fingerprint device paired with software that gives the officer the ability to search two fingerprints against the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and receive results in minutes. Devices do not save data; fingerprints are searched against prints on file and are not stored in the database.

“The Sheriff’s Office is very excited to be using Mobile ID,” King County Sheriff John Urquhart said. “This invaluable tool helps the deputy confirm an identity when someone plays ‘the name game’ by giving wrong names. Deputies can do their jobs more efficiently using these wireless devices, and as a result, can more quickly get back on patrol and respond to other calls.”

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