Dear fellow King County employee,
I have appointed Senior Deputy Executive Fred Jarrett to take on a major new body of work, leading an initiative to explore new and better ways to serve the people of unincorporated King County.
About a quarter of a million people live in unincorporated King County, nearly as many as in the County’s second and third-largest cities – Bellevue and Kent – combined. From the Enumclaw Plateau to the Snoqualmie Valley; from urban White Center and Skyway to rural Hobart and Fall City; from the shores of Vashon Island to the peaks of Alpental; unincorporated King County is astonishingly vast and diverse.
Maintaining hundreds of miles of aging roads, policing across great distances, ensuring clean water and access to opportunity to children and families in far-flung communities – all without the authority or tax base of a city – is a tall order. Our employees work hard every day to provide exceptional service to all of King County, even as General Fund revenues fall behind population growth and inflation due to structural revenue limitations imposed by the state.
With his long record of public service, Fred has the experience and strong community and County government connections to lead our efforts to improve service delivery throughout King County. He will continue his work on myriad regional committees and be a part of my Senior Leadership Team while leading this effort.
His expertise in innovation and accountability, and his understanding of the County’s commitment to equity and social justice, will help ensure King County government works at the highest level for all residents, no matter where they live.
I look forward to the results of this important work, and will keep you informed of our progress.
King County Executive