Relaunching the True North and values that guide our work

King County Executive Dow Constantine has announced the relaunch of the Executive Branch values and True North: Making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive.

“Our True North captures the heart of our work and is a navigational point,” Executive Constatine said, “Our values guide our work, our decision-making, the way we show up for one another and our customers.”

These values define the type of organization King County is and strives to be:

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

Executive Constantine launched the True North and values in 2019 with a monthly learning focus on each. When COVID-19 struck King County at the start of 2020, a pause was put on the values rollout, but employees never stopped living them. For the relaunch, a short video will be produced for each value featuring fellow King County employees and leaders sharing what the value means to them and their work.

“We are kicking off the relaunch with our We respect all people value,” Executive Constantine stated. “It doesn’t matter where we work at the County; it is imperative that we treat every person we work alongside and serve with respect. Respect is the foundation of everything we do, and we need to seek to understand all perspectives, beliefs, and values.”

“I encourage you to watch this video to learn more,” he added.