Five questions with Lluvia Ellison-Morales, Animal Services Administrator, Department of Executive Services 

Why and when did you start in your role with King County? 

I started in September 2014 in a 3 month STT Project Manager role with Records and Licensing Services focusing on implementing the new TNC legislation (Uber, Lyft, etc.). My position was extended and I took on various other projects during this time.  In July 2016 I was hired at Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) as an Administrator III in a career-service role. 

 What do you do in your role? 

My central role is in Communications and Community Engagement, though as a member of the management team, I support all the RASKC lines of business. With an amazing team, we are championing and implementing innovative ways of achieving public engagement through our volunteer program to improving our customer service by creating efficiencies in our business operations, and everything else in between. 

 Why did you choose this field as your career? 

I had an opportunity to live and work in Europe for almost ten years. My time there as an expat included constant interactions with the municipalities for visa and residence permit updates. I was quickly reminded how difficult it can be to navigate in a foreign land. Working for King County is the best thing that has ever happened. It brings all my previous work and life experience and rolls it into one. I’m humbled to have an amazing opportunity to do something positive here in my own backyard. I grew up here, so naturally when I think about giving back, providing excellent customer service, and supporting my community, I think of this region.  

 What is the biggest challenge of your job? 

Trying to be in too many places at once [laughs]. Every day is different and I love it. There’s a lot we do at RASKC, so there’s never a dull moment.  

 What do you enjoy most about your work? 

People always ask me how I’m not bringing home pet after pet when they hear I work at the shelter. It’s because I see the dedication and care provided by each staff member and volunteer. I’m proud to work for such an amazing team that is truly dedicated, 24/7, to helping both people and pets. To me, that’s inspiring.