Exec drops by to congratulate new Department of Human Resources

King County Executive Dow Constantine dropped by the Human Resources Division All Hands meeting last week to congratulate employees on being members of the newest King County department: the Department of Human Resources (DHR).

The County Council recently approved the Executive’s proposal for the new department, and on October 8, confirmed Jay Osborne (pictured below with the Executive reviewing DHR’s “Garden of Hopes”) as the department’s first director. The Department of Human Resources brings together the Human Resources Division, The Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution, and selected staff from Benefits, Payroll, Retirement Operations (BPROS), to deliver on the Executive’s Investing in YOU strategy of building a workplace where every employee has the tools and support to innovate, achieve their career goals and do their best work.

Exec and Jay Garden of Hope

King County Executive and newly confirmed Director Jay Osborne view the DHR “Garden of Hopes.”

“As we embark on building this department and bring together all of our employee-facing work into one place, we can and will make this a better employer and a place that is recognized outside of our walls as being the best place to work,” the Executive said to staff. “Having all of our employee-facing services working together means that we will be able to provide greater clarity and better service to our employees, to elevate problems and solve them. And it says that you are important, that we have an entire department that is devoted to you, the nearly 15,000 people who are delivering services for the people of King County.”