Solidarity with our Virginia Beach colleagues

Dear fellow King County employee,

King County Executive Dow Constantine

On Friday, our nation witnessed another mass shooting, this time at a municipal building in Virginia Beach. Most of the people who lost their lives were public employees, dutifully serving the people of their community.

Public service is important work, and it only compounds the tragedy that these individuals died while working to improve the lives of their fellow Virginia Beach residents.

Each time a shooting occurs and lives are senselessly cut short, it erodes our sense of safety. Sometimes it is worshipers. Sometimes schoolchildren. This time many of the victims were our colleagues in municipal government. We send our message of sympathy and solidarity to the entire Virginia Beach family.

Keeping you safe in the course of your work is paramount, and we work hard to maintain the security of our worksites. If you ever see anyone or anything that looks potentially dangerous, please call the Facilities Management Division Security at 206-296-5000. If it’s an emergency, call 911 first.

I also encourage you to sign up to KCInform, our employee emergency alert system, to make sure you can be reached in a major emergency. If you haven’t yet registered your contact information in KCInform, please email or call 206-296-3830 between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday to request your unique registration link.

When we witness outrages like this one, it is important that we support one another. If you would like to speak with someone, King County provides two free services to employees that offer professional support and advice: the Employee Assistance Program and Making Life Easier. Both resources are free and confidential.

Thank you for everything you do for the people of King County.




Dow Constantine
King County Executive