Telling the stories of King County employees
If you are a member of the Regence KingCare PPO medical plan, and you see medical providers who are part of The Everett Clinic or The Polyclinic, please note the following information about their contract with Regence BlueShield. Regence and Optum, the parent company of The Everett Clinic and The Polyclinic, are currently in extended contract negotiations. Both organizations are working to reach an agreement before their current contract ends Dec. 19, 2022. Here is what you need to know: The Benefits team recently sent a notification by email to employees who… Read More
As our Annual Giving Drive winds down, you can still make a difference through the Employee Giving Program. Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving powered by social media and collaboration. For just one day, we have reopened the online pledging system for payroll donations only. To join the movement, give now. More than 500 past contributors have yet to renew payroll for 2023. Renewal is easy — but not automatic. Renew now. You can confirm your pledge for 2023 by clicking the Employee Giving tile in PeopleSoft and it will… Read More
Extremely cold temperatures and icy road conditions are forecast for our region this week, so please be prepared for possible commute delays and impacts to business operations. If you work on site, please be prepared for cold weather. Have a plan for your commute, dress warmly, and let safety be your guide when making commute decisions. If you drive, have an emergency kit in your vehicle, including extra clothing, food, water, and a flashlight. Power outages: If you are teleworking and experience a power outage that affects your ability to effectively work remotely, please… Read More
From KCIT Cyber Security Awareness Training Program You know that little pop-up prompting you to restart your computer for a software update? The one that only seems to come up when you’re in the middle of something important? As annoying as it may seem, this notification is actually a valuable asset to your cybersecurity. So, before you click the “Later” option, let’s take a closer look! What is a software update?A software update is a new and improved version of a program, application, or operating system that you are already using. The… Read More
In recognition of the fact that we live and flourish on the lands and waterways of the Coast Salish peoples of Puget Sound, and that the impacts of systemic racism and colonization on Native Americans have created great harm, and to honor the many contributions that Native Americans have made in all aspects of our lives, King County Executive Dow Constantine proclaims November 2022 as Native American Heritage Month. Read the full proclamation below.
As we look toward gatherings over the holidays and into the future, the Anti-Racist White Action Group offers some resources that may help you with what might be difficult family conversations. How to Navigate Difficult Conversations During the Holiday Season How to Talk to Your Family About Racism on Thanksgiving Six steps to help you tackle difficult conversations How to navigate difficult conversations with family over the holidays ARWAG is one of the county’s Affinity Groups (also called Employee Resource Groups) that addresses racism and other forms of oppression to advance the county’s equity… Read More
It is common to feel stressed about food and exercise during celebrations, and this often peaks at winter holidays. Balanced You and our colleagues at Public Health want to remind you to be gentle and kind to yourself. The winter holidays and the new year are a great time to take a look at our assumptions and judgments about food, exercise, and our bodies, and to learn more about Intuitive Eating and making peace with food. During the holidays, you can support yourself and others by: Not labeling foods as “good” or… Read More
From the King County Sheriff’s Office Weekly Newsletter Recently, a team of deputies, sergeants, and King County Medic One paramedics assigned to the ancillary helicopter rescue team literally hung around at the Ravensdale range for rigging training. Crewmembers worked on tying and using the standard rigging system to anchor themselves and safely move a patient up and down higher angled terrain. They climbed and rappelled from the training tower to reinforce their rescue skills. The helicopter rescue team enjoys a robust partnership with colleagues at King County Medic One. This team, along… Read More
Cross-posted from Executive Services Express Harborview Medical Center, the people’s hospital, is undergoing a radical campus-wide modernization. Owned by King County and operated by University of Washington Medicine, the medical center will experience dynamic improvements over the next 10 years thanks to King County voters who overwhelmingly approved a $1.74 billion capital improvement bond in 2020. Read more.
King County’s new $275 million Georgetown Wet Weather Treatment Station will be ready for crews to operate this rainy season enabling better protection of the Duwamish River and Puget Sound from stormwater pollution during severe rainstorms, which are occurring more frequently due to climate change. Read more and watch the video.
Following a nationwide search, King County Executive Dow Constantine today appointed Megan Clarke – a highly experienced and well-regarded business leader – to serve as Chief Information Officer and oversee King County’s Department of Information Technology (KCIT). Clarke, originally from the Seattle area, brings nearly 20 years of experience in the CIO field including government, higher education, and the arts. Read more.
Throughout Native American Heritage Month, the Native American Leadership Council in partnership with the Office of Equity and Social Justice are bringing you videos in employee news featuring Indigenous and Native community members, King County employees, youth and elders on the movement to increase awareness of the diverse experiences, culture, stories of struggle and resilience within the Native community. In this video, we feature the youth and elders participating in the Urban Native Education Alliance’s (UNEA) Clear Sky program. UNEA represents an organization founded and maintained by the Native community in King… Read More
King County government offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Click here for Metro Transit holiday bus schedules. If you have questions about your holiday schedule, please speak to your supervisor. Have a safe and healthy holiday.
Do you have a go-to recipe for an appetizer, side or main dish? How about a yummy dessert? If so, we would love to include it in the Administrative Professionals Virtual Cookbook! Use this form to submit your recipe by Friday, Nov. 18.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced increased contribution limits for qualified retirement plans, which includes King County’s 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan. For 2023, you can contribute up to $22,500 per year into your Deferred Compensation Plan. Previously, the limit was $20,500. If you are age 50 or older, you can contribute $30,000 per year; the previous limit was $27,000. For more information, go to the Deferred Compensation Plan webpage. If you have a question about these limits and how they apply, please contact Osceola (O.C) Collier, King County Deferred Compensation Coordinator, at 206-263-9250 or KC… Read More
Our first priority is your safety and security at work, and we are continuing to partner with law enforcement, community, and other governments to ensure a safer, more welcoming environment in and around our facilities. Here’s another tip to help you stay safe. Plan your trip ahead of time and wear clothing and shoes that are comfortable, low profile, and appropriate for the weather. Don’t carry too much and try not to carry anything in your hands. If you carry a purse, carry it close to you, and never carry a wallet… Read More
Did you know your bus driver’s artwork might be displayed on a Metro coach? Or that some of them enjoy working on cars and trucks, running, and biking? Or that they relax playing the stock market and working on taxes? One thing is for sure: They are as unique as the people they provide transportation to every day, and all of them love driving and giving back to their community. Meet your Operators of the Month for September and October 2022 here.
With holiday gatherings around the corner, it’s important to be up to date on your flu shot and COVID-19 vaccination. King County Public Health officials are noting that respiratory viral infections have increased both locally and nationally. Getting your flu and COVID-19 vaccines now is important to protect you and your loved ones from infection before there are further increases in local respiratory viral activity. Read more from Dr. Eric Chow, Public Health Chief of Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Immunizations.
King County Executive Dow Constantine released a statement after the King County Council unanimously passed a $15.8 billion biennial budget that adopts major investments in his priority areas focused on battling the climate crisis and restoring our environment, ensuring every person has a home, ensuring a community where every person is safe, and uprooting racism and racial disparities. Read the full statement here.
Ask Miss Rona is a Q&A series on Public Health’s Instagram account to respond to community questions related to different topic areas of COVID-19. Questions about COVID-19 vaccines for babies and young children were submitted last week by King County residents and answered by subject matter experts at Public Health – Seattle & King County. Read more.