True North and values to guide our work

King County Executive Dow Constantine

You may have heard me talk about what I call our True North: Making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive.

The True North is our “why,” what ties our work together, and what drives us do our best each and every day.

Today I am launching our eight Executive Branch values that we will use to guide our actions and decision-making, and help us achieve our True North. They are the next step in our work of building a workplace culture of respect, innovation, and performance excellence.

The eight values represent what is important to us as an organization – what we believe in, what we stand for, and the way we act:

  • We are one team
  • We solve problems
  • We focus on the customer
  • We drive for results
  • We are racially just
  • We respect all people
  • We lead the way
  • We are responsible stewards.

I encourage you to familiarize yourself with them, and reflect on how they align with your personal values. Over the coming months we will work in our teams to gain a deeper understanding of each of the values and how we can apply them to our work.

I invite you to watch this short video about the True North and values, and visit this webpage to learn more.

Our True North is our destination and our values are how we will get there. Together they will guide us as we continue our work of making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive.



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Dow Constantine
King County Executive