King County Executive Dow Constantine has appointed Jay Osborne as Director of Human Resources Division, effective April 30, 2018. Jay was selected as the successful candidate after a nationwide recruitment that attracted more than 100 applicants.
Jay has served King County for almost 30 years and his experience, skills, and commitment to excellence will be vital as HRD transitions to a standalone people-focused department beginning January 1, 2019. He has acted as Interim Director of HRD since December 2017 and has been instrumental in leading the work to create a HR department that will be charged with implementing Executive Constantine’s Investing in YOU strategy, and supporting employee engagement and workplace culture development in HRD and across the County.
Jay started his career as a summer hire with the Parks Division in 1988, and served as the Deputy Director for the Road Services Division in DOT prior to accepting the Interim Director position with HRD. He offers strong leadership skills, vast budget process knowledge, and a solid operations background in HR as a people manager and deputy director. He also has extensive labor experience, having previously served as a Shop Steward and Policy Chair for Professional & Technical Employees Local 17.
Jay is known for building teams and collaborative relationships with key stakeholders, as well as developing people, particularly in the midst of transition. His empathy and understanding, along with his straightforward and decisive style, are some of the qualities that will support HRD as it becomes a new department and help us deliver on our Investing in YOU work to ensure we are building a workplace where you have the tools and support to innovate, achieve your career goals and do your best work.
A native of the Northwest, Jay enjoys travelling, reading and gardening. Jay and his brother also raise grass-fed cattle on his family’s ranch in Eastern Washington. Congratulations, Jay!