Put some spice into your life – adopt Pepper, our Pet of the Week!
This six-year-old female shorthair cat has a “Bashful Blue” personality, meaning she is a gentle and loving cat who likes to take things slow. Pepper may get nervous in new situations, so she is looking for a family who understands that she might need some time to warm up. Once this girl comes out of her shell, she is such a sweetheart!
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Over the past few weeks, King County joined with other plaintiffs to challenge Initiative 976, which reduces car tab fees and cuts transportation and transit projects across the state. The county’s lawsuit sought an injunction to halt the immediate and irreparable harms of an initiative that violates the state constitution.
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I started at King County in March 2019. I am the Manager for the Service Partnership Program within the Department of Local Services (DLS). The department works to ensure the local service needs of unincorporated communities are met. We have created service partnerships with other King County departments to help determine needs, better coordinate services, and monitor service delivery in the unincorporated areas. These partnerships help to define the relationship, services and processes in unincorporated King County between Local Services and other County agencies.
Before coming to King County I was doing research and working on my degree in particle physics. While doing this I started thinking about my future long-term and realized I’d like to get back to public service. When a friend recommended I apply to a position at King County, I did.
What do you do in your role?
My work varies. Part of it is managing relationships with service partners, and producing the Local Services quarterly report. The report pulls together data from across partner agencies and other sources on service delivery in our various community service areas. I also help Local Services with performance management and special projects that require technical data analysis.
Why did you choose this field as your career?
I chose this field because I like to work on and solve problems with a team in a data driven way and this seemed like a great place to do that. The people in Local Services are wonderful to work with and are committed to making the lives of unincorporated area residents better. I really appreciate the way that King County is vested in its employee’s personal and professional wellbeing, and the County’s values resonate with me and how I want to approach my work.
What is the biggest challenge of your job?
Honestly, scheduling and coordinating with people from across the county and its varied lines of business. I really dislike planning meetings and things that resemble party planning, so it’s a bit of a tongue in cheek answer.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I really enjoy the people I work with both service partners in other agencies, and the people in the Local Services Director’s office. Also, there is great variety in my work and in the things King County does in unincorporated areas, I don’t have very many boring days. It’s great to learn about all of these services.
Nominations are now being accepted for the Executive’s second-annual Performance Excellence Awards. The recognition program – the first of its kind at the County – honors employees and workgroups for their exceptional contributions in performance, leadership, and innovation.
Anyone in the Executive Branch can nominate a team or individual for a Performance Excellence Award until Jan. 10. You’ll find information about the awards here, including nomination categories, criteria, and forms.
Executive Constantine introduced the Performance Excellence Awards last year, and five teams were recognized for their outstanding performance in 2018. The awards program has been expanded to include more categories and increase the number of teams and individuals who will be awarded in 2019.
The Performance Excellence Awards are a great way to show appreciation for team members who are delivering outstanding results for King County residents. Submit your nominations by Jan. 10.
As our Annual Giving Drive winds down, you can still make a difference through the Employee Giving Program.
Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving powered by social media and collaboration. To join the movement, and make it easy to give all year round, we’ve reopened the online pledging system for payroll donations for one day only! Give now.
More than 500 past contributors have yet to renew payroll for 2020. Renewal is easy — but not automatic. Renew now.
If you’ve already pledged — thank you for your generosity!
On Giving Tuesday and all year, we work with hundreds of nonprofits to make our community and world healthier, stronger, and more vibrant.
Thank you for all you do.
The push to upgrade all Windows 7 operating system computers to Windows 10 operating systems continues, and King County Information and Technology (KCIT) is on track to meet a Jan. 14 Microsoft deadline. On that date, Microsoft will stop supporting the Windows 7 system. Only a limited number of county devices will be allowed to continue with the Windows 7 system, as they run specialized software not compatible with the Windows 10 system.
Because of the switchover to Windows 10, KCIT will not allow devices with the Windows 7 system to connect to King County’s VPN network as of Jan. 9. Users should expect to see a banner notifying them about this change on the VPN connector soon. It is important to note King County does not support personal devices, and it is up to users to ensure their operating system is current with all county requirements.
For questions, contact the KCIT Help Desk at 206-263-4357 or submit a Help Desk ticket.
Metro’s updated web-based Trip Planner offers better searching, real-time departure predictions, plus a whole lot more!
King County Metro continues making your transit experience better and easier with the launch of its improved web-based Puget Sound Trip Planner. The new site includes upgraded accessibility features and a responsive design for mobile users, along with a list of other notable enhancements. The new web-based Trip Planner is live and ready for use now.
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You’re killin’ me Smalls – with your cuteness!
Our Pet of the Week is a seven-year-old pittie mix. This handsome boy came to us in early October. At the Pet Adoption Center, Smalls is a bit scared of his surroundings. However, when you talk to him and take him for walks, his nervousness eases a little. He does take a bit of time to relax around new people, but once he does he’ll stick to you like glue.
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