Matt Canady receives Executive’s People Leader Award

Each year, Executive Constantine holds the Performance Excellence Awards, which honor employees and workgroups at King County for their exceptional contributions to performance, leadership, and innovation. These leaders embody the Executive Branch values and strive to reach our True North: Making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive.

The People Leader Award honors a leader below the department or division leadership level who directly manages staff and encourages and empowers their team to push for outcomes that make King County a better place for our employees and the people we serve.

The 2020 recipient of the People Leader Award is Matt Canady, a Transit Chief, with King County Metro Transit Facilities.

Matt leads Metro Transit’s Custodial Services team for Central Facilities, and his staff has worked tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep transit facilities clean and safe for all employees. Matt worked with his team to develop a schedule that increased custodial presence without increasing cost.

“Matt is a people leader who truly embraces our values and applies them to his work and relationships with his team,” said April Putney, Chief of Staff for Executive Constantine. “He leads Transit’s custodial services team, and his team plays a crucial role for our transit staff – a role that became even more critical during our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and our efforts to keep our employees as safe as we possibly can.”

Watch the video to view the award presentation and learn how Matt stays connected to his team, engages them in decisions that affect them, and collaborates with them to solve problems.

Executive’s Performance Excellence Awards series

The Leadership Excellence Awards are part of the Executive’s Performance Excellence Awards series, honoring employees and workgroups at King County for their exceptional contributions to performance, leadership, and innovation.

“As we build a best-run government at King County, these awards recognize individuals and teams who have gone above and beyond to look at how they can do things differently to better serve our customers and employees,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine.

Learn more about the King County Performance Excellence Awards