As 2017 winds down and we prepare to celebrate the start of 2018, I want to thank you for another year of dedicated service to the people of King County.
Thanks to your talent, creativity and hard work we were able to deliver even more effective services, identify new solutions, and build more welcoming communities for all of our residents.
We have put together a slideshow of 17 accomplishments in 2017, all of which bring us closer to being a truly just, inclusive and prosperous community. We achieved a lot this year, much more than is captured in this slideshow. The difficulty of narrowing your achievements down to just 17 is a tribute to your efforts.
This year we also intensified our employee-focused efforts with the launch of Investing in YOU, our strategy to make King County a place where you are supported to learn, innovate, and do your best work. We reached tentative agreement with the Coalition of Unions on a three-year Master Labor Agreement which will help us deliver on many of our Investing in YOU goals. And we began leading with racial justice to ensure we are confronting and eliminating the historical and racial inequities that continue to exist in our community and our organization.
For many in our community it has been a stressful, uncertain year, one in which our rights and freedoms have come under attack. In King County we worked together to make sure we are always a place that welcomes, not one that divides, and we will never cease this work.
Thank you for your contributions to our shared success this year. I look forward to building on our progress in the new year.
Best wishes for a happy, peaceful, and productive 2018.
King County Executive