With one year until Census Day 2020, Executive Constantine, Mayor Durkan, and Seattle Foundation announce first-ever $1 million Regional Census Fund 

Joined by community members at El Centro de la Raza, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan, and Seattle Foundation President and CEO Tony Mestres created the first-ever Regional Census Fund to provide $1 million in funding to help community organizations prepare for the 2020 Census, which will be conducted April 1, 2020.

The Regional Census Fund is a $1 million pooled fund that will allocate money to Seattle and King County-based community organizations to help fund outreach and other activities for the United States 2020 Census.

Read more in the official press release.

Local Services’ first Economic Development Program Manager looks forward to helping businesses succeed in unincorporated King County 

Crossposted from King County Local 

One of our goals at King County Local Services is to help our unincorporated communities thrive. This week, we took a big step in that direction as Hugo Garcia, our first Economic Development Program Manager, joined our team. 

Hugo brings nearly 15 years of economic development experience, serving both rural and urban communities. He’s worked directly with small businesses during prosperous and tough economic times, and understands the dedication required to run a local business. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, he immigrated to Seattle with his family in 1988. His father ran a restaurant here for years, which allowed Hugo to see first-hand the kinds of challenges small businesses face just to keep their doors open. 

Read more.

DCHS employees get preview of True North and Values 

Pictured: Chief People Officer Whitney Abrams discussing the Executive Branch True North statement.

Employees attending the Department of Community and Human Services’ quarterly All Staff meeting on Monday, April 15, got a sneak preview of the Executive Branch True North statement and values from Chief People Officer Whitney Abrams before they are officially launched later this year. 

Whitney talked about the interconnected nature and interdependence of our work, and the need to connect our work to a central vision, a True North, and the actions that will help us achieve the True North vision. 

Some of the things that we’ve been hearing back as a Senior Leadership Team through our engagement surveys and in our bargaining with our labor unions is that we need to start defining at the leadership level what we’re here to do… and why we’re here to do what we do,” Whitney said. “As an enterprise of 14,000 employees, what are we here to do, the why, and how do we go about doing it, how do we show up, this is our vision and mission, our True North.” 

King County Executive Dow Constantine will officially launch the True North and Values this summer, although County leaders are beginning to introduce them to employees prior to the mid-year launch.  

More than 200 DCHS employees attended the quarterly All Staff meeting in person in the Chinook Building or via Skype to get updates from Director Leo Flor and other leaders, hear the latest about the department’s Equity and Social Justice efforts, and to celebrate employees receiving service awards and the recent successful completion of a departmental reorganization. 

Judicial Administration employees help to save a life 

Pictured: Left to right, Adult Drug Diversion Court employees Tom Essex, Mary Taylor, Yuka Hayashi, and Christina Mason.

King County’s Adult Drug Diversion Court (Drug Court) is a nationally recognized program implemented in 1994. The program supports our community by providing treatment and other ancillary services under the auspices of the Court to eligible defendants with the goal of rehabilitation and empowerment. 

Drug Court has saved lives both figuratively and literally with Wednesday, April 3, being no exception. After taking two doses of methadone and recognizing a potential overdose, a participant knocked on Drug Court’s door seeking help.  

This program traditionally helps save lives over the course of many months, working with participants to help them achieve long-term results. Luckily for this participant,  knocking on Drug Court’s door on Wednesday, our program had several amazing staff whose vision for the program also included providing immediate support services.  

Tom Essex, Christina Mason, and Yuka Hayashi responded to this client in a way that truly makes DJA proud. These three professionals were able to handle the situation by responding calmly and respectfully but also with a sense of urgency and agency. From directly interacting with our participant, contacting emergency medical services, and having to administer Narcan – twice – this was not a typical day for Drug Court, but thankfully these three are not your typical employees.  

Thank you so much to Tom, Yuka, and Christina.  While we hope this type of situation doesn’t happen again, it is of great comfort knowing we have staff that can rise to the occasion. 

Hear directly from Yuka, Christina, and Tom in the most recent King County Superior Court podcast, An Overdose in Drug Court 

It started as a typical day with drug court clients sitting outside the King County Courthouse (Seattle) 9th floor courtroom, waiting for the doors to open. From the inside, Drug Court employee Yuka Hayashi heard a knock. Here’s what happened when she answered. Listen here.

Tech Tip: Be wary of odd emails or messages

Featured Job: Animal Care Technician 

Salary: $19.14 – $24.25 Hourly 

Location: Kent, WA 

Job Type: Multiple job types-career service and/or temp 

Department: DES – Executive Services 

Job Number: 2019JI09726 

Closing: 4/29/2019 11:59 PM Pacific 

Are you someone who takes great interest in the health and wellbeing of animals and can also work considerately and effectively with their human owners? Are you interested in being a leader in service excellence, committed to building an enduring legacy of continuous improvement and employee engagement? Are you a team player? Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) is seeking dynamic and experienced Animal Care Technicians!

RASKC provides animal services to 24 cities and unincorporated King County, this includes: rescuing stray, injured, neglected or abused pets; reuniting orphaned pets with families and/or helping them find forever homes through RASKC’s pet adoption centers in Kent and Kirkland, including several other partner locations; providing pet licensing services; a wide array of volunteering opportunities and much more. King County is a national leader in improving animal outcomes as a municipal shelter, using data and model practices to achieve a 92% live release rate in 2017.

Learn more about this position or view all available positions. 

Discount available for Seattle Symphony performance, June 16 

King County employees are welcome to take advantage of an available discount for upcoming Seattle Symphony performance on Saturday, June 16 at 2 p.m. 

This performance, featuring conductor Steve Hackman and titled Harder, Better, Faster, Stravinsky, weaves together pop-classical matches like Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture  with Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way,” and Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony with Muse’s “Uprising” and Chance the Rapper’s “Paranoia,” creating a compelling musical landscape that is both strikingly modern and enchantingly classical. Three vocalists join the full orchestra for this special presentation. 

Buy tickets using promo code CONDUCTOR19. Purchase tickets here. 

Training Spotlight: Team Building For Success and Introduction to Career Development

Team Building For Success, May 23: Want to showcase your strengths and make a positive impact in your organization? Your ability to participate, collaborate and resolve issues will set you apart as a “go-to” person in any organization. In this interactive course, learn skills to develop group understanding, evaluate team roles, develop methods for resolving underlying conflict within a team, and use these skills to collaborate with team members to achieve workplace objectives. Register and learn more.  

Introduction to Career Development, June 11: In this workshop you will learn the key elements of career development, identify your individual interests and values as they relate to career options, explore similar job classifications, learn the importance of competencies when identifying career options, leverage tips for engaging in conversations with your leadership, and gain the knowledge of how to research and seize career opportunities. You will choose a partner and participate in various exercises together. Register and learn more. 

View more training and development opportunities at www.kingcounty.gov/learning. 

Reminder: New mobile device management solution coming soon 

During the months of April and May, KCIT will be implementing a new mobile device management solution, Microsoft Intune. 

This new solution will provide an improved experience when accessing King County digital resources like email, calendar and contacts from a mobile device. Intune supports current iOS and Android mobile devices and will enforce security policies improvements such a change to 6 digit passcodes. In fact, you can prepare for Intune now by changing to a 6-digit pin code today; devices’ built in fingerprint reader and facial recognition are also acceptable passcodes on phones that support them. 

Reminder: 4th Annual Administrative Professionals Recognition event, Wednesday, April 24 

King County will celebrate the many contributions of our Administrative Professional employees at the 4th Annual Administrative Professionals Recognition event on Wednesday, April 24, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., in room E-942 of the King County Courthouse. 

This year’s event will focus on our “Gratitude” for the contributions of all Administrative Professionals. There will be guest speakers, and light refreshments will be provided. Space is limited so please register for the event, and arrive early so as to allow extra time for security screening. 

Questions? Email administrativeprofessionals@kingcounty.gov.