Most County operations returning to normal Wednesday

IMG_4061 (002)Thank you to our awesome employees for your service during these difficult winter weather conditions. Your commitment to public service is clear to see and greatly appreciated.

For Wednesday, Feb. 13, most King County operations will open as normally scheduled:

  • Most Executive branch operations will open as regularly scheduled.
  • King County Council will operate on regular hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Department of Elections will operate on regular hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Renton Headquarters and annex in Seattle.
  • Department of Assessments will open on regular hours.
  • District Court will open at 10:30 a.m., with staff reporting at 10 a.m. In-custody calendars will be managed at the King County Jail Courtroom and Auburn Courthouse at 9 a.m. with essential staff.
  • Superior Court will open at 10:30 a.m. in all four locations, two hours late, for all departments and all cases.
  • The Prosecuting Attorney’s Office will open two hours late.
  • The Department of Judicial Administration will open two hours late.

Unless otherwise directed by leadership, employees are expected to report to work as scheduled. Questions? Check in with your supervisor or HR Manager. When an agency remains open, but conditions prevent you from reporting to work or from reporting on time, notify your supervisor as soon as possible. You may request leave, subject to approval by your supervisor. If you have no leave accrued, your supervisor may approve leave without pay to cover absences. Sick leave may not be used. Please refer to HR Bulletin 2011-0009 County Operations During Emergency Situations and Inclement Weather to learn more.

Metro will return to snow routes Wednesday, so prepare for snow routes and delays where road conditions are still hazardous. Staff will publish updated online snow route information by early Wednesday morning. Check your route before you leave for your stop in the morning.

Alternative work arrangements: If adjusting a work schedule, working at an alternative location, teleworking, or taking vacation are options for your job, please discuss beforehand with your supervisor. Employees may be able to take a day of accrued vacation or comp time instead of reporting to their normal work location today. Check with your supervisor for more information.

Stay informed: Make sure you’re getting the latest King County information at work and at home in the event of snow:

  • Call the Employee Hotline—206-205-8600 (save it to your phone now!).
  • Check your King County email for specific directives and updates. Log on at
  • Contact your supervisor for instructions.
  • Follow King County on Twitter—@KingCountyWA@kcmetrobus@kcroads, and@kcemployees
  • Check your agency website or Intranet (if applicable), and monitor local media channels.
  • Visit the Emergency News page at for regional impacts. 

KCInform: Make sure you can be reached in a major emergency. If you haven’t yet registered your personal contact or work cell information in KCInform, please contact anytime or 206-296-3830 between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday to request your unique registration link. Watch this short video to learn more or visit our website.