Metro employee gets to “Be the boss” 

By Hannah Debenedetto, intern with King County Department of Transportation

Gerald_be_the_bossWhat would you do if you were boss for the day? Metro’s Gerald Freeman found out after winning an employee sweepstakes to “be the boss” of KCDOT Director Harold Taniguchi.

As a marketing specialist, Gerald is regularly at community events to help customers sign up for ORCA cards or to answer their questions. This month, Harold joined him for an afternoon helping customers in Metro’s booth at Kent Cornucopia Days.

“Harold jumped right into engaging people, answering questions, and referring people to me when he didn’t know the answer,” said Gerald,

Through the Employee Giving Program, a service connecting King County employees with nonprofits, Gerald’s name was entered into a drawing with almost 300 other participants.  To be eligible, employees had to spend time learning about the Employee Giving Program.

Gerald said he would love to have Harold’s help again, especially if he could bring Metro’s General Manager Rob Gannon and County Executive Dow Constantine along too.

Harold_Be_the_bossRob has his work cut out for him. He has completed one of three assignments, sitting in on employee interviews with Josh Isgur, a Human Resources analyst. He’ll complete the others in coming months.  Three employees total won separate drawings to be his boss. In addition to Josh, there is Berni Hendrickson, an employee in Metro’s distribution center and Lanie Curry, a Human Resources associate in King County’s Drug and Alcohol program. Rob plans to report to his shifts in the coming months.

Thanks to all participants who took time to learn about the Employee Giving Program, and congratulations to the winners, you’re the Boss!