Seattle Symphony $29 sale ends Oct. 1

King County employees are being offered a special price of $29 tickets for Pops Series Orchestra level seats on the Main Floor.

Prices are good through Oct. 1. View upcoming performances and purchase tickets at www.seattlesymphony.org/concerttickets. Enter the sale code 29GKSale.

  • Latin Fire: Oct. 14 and 16
  • Holiday Pops: Dec. 9 and 10
  • Gene Kelly: A Life in Music: March 17 thru 19
  • The Linda Rondstadt Songbook: June 9 thru 11

See all available King County employee discounts on the Employee Discount webpage.

Understanding and supporting people with substance abuse disorder

Public Health – Seattle and King County has a training resource hub for understanding and supporting people with substance use disorders (addiction). The site contains short videos, recorded webinars, clinical guidelines, and educational materials. There are also links to order supplies for programs, and a toolkit for providing naloxone (Narcan) training to your team, clients, or the public. Read more.

KCSO’s newest K9 recruit

Cross-posted from the Sheriff’s Newsletter

The King County Sheriff’s Office would like to introduce Quinn, the latest member to join the K9 unit. Quinn is a 20-month-old male Labrador Retriever and comes from a prestigious hunting dog pedigree.

Before joining KCSO, Quinn had a career as a featured cover model for Purina. Quinn will start training in October for the narcotics division along with his handler, Detective Travis Gray.

Is your information correct in PeopleSoft?

Benefits Open Enrollment is Nov. 1-15, and it’s important that you review and update your personal information in PeopleSoft to ensure you receive announcements.

You can also update your emergency contact information, receive important updates, and select the email address where you prefer to receive information.

Got to ess.kingcounty.gov and select Personal Details to make sure all items are up to date. For login help, call the IT Service Center at 206-263-4357.

Annual Giving Drive begins Oct. 3

King County’s Annual Giving Drive (AGD) kicks off next week, and it’s your opportunity to support the causes and nonprofits that are important to you.

This year, the AGD runs from Oct. 3 to Nov. 18. During the drive, King County employees may:

  • Market and communicate about specific causes and participating Employee Giving nonprofits
  • Sign-up online in self-service for payroll donations for the coming year
  • Give using Time Donation
  • Invite in nonprofit speakers
  • Hold fundraisers and put on special events
  • and more!

Look for more information on the many ways you can participate coming soon, and learn more on the Annual Giving Drive website.

Recognizing Administrative Professionals

Administrative Professionals are a large part of King County government’s workforce and valuable contributors to the success of every department. They support and provide direct services to internal customers and the public.

Submissions for recognition for the third quarter are due by Sept. 30. To show your appreciation and recognize an Administrative Professional that you’ve worked with, click here.

King County is moving all laptops to Windows 11 – see what’s changing

King County is transitioning all employee workstations to the new Windows 11 operating system. Designed to enhance productivity, Windows 11 offers a brighter, more user-friendly interface engineered to help you get more done. All business software will function the same, but the new start menu and desktop layout keeps your frequently used applications front and center.

KCIT will roll out Windows 11 through 2024 as laptops are replaced, repaired, or issued to new employees. Please do not upgrade your workstation yourself. Read more about Windows 11.

Annual Cybersecurity Training required for all King County employees

Cybersecurity Training is an important safeguard that protects King County systems, and the number of employees who complete training each year impacts our insurance rates.

When your training is assigned, you will receive an email from kc-knowbe4@kingcounty.gov with a direct link to your required training modules. If you can’t find the email, check your Junk folder or login with your work email here.

All employees must complete annual Cybersecurity Training by Dec. 31, 2022 unless your agency has specified a different deadline. Thank you for doing your part to protect King County! Read more.

Community Conversations with Tony Ventrella

Cross-posted from the Sheriff’s Office Weekly Newsletter

Local TV personality and host of Community Conversations, Tony Ventrella, recently met with Sheriff Patti Cole-Tindall for an episode of Community Conversations, produced by King County TV. Their discussion covered a variety of topics including recruiting efforts by the department, community engagement, and collaboration with local organizations. Watch the entire episode below.

Executive Constantine unveils 2023 – 2024 budget

Focusing on four priority pillars of work first introduced in his 2022 State of the County address, King County Executive Dow Constantine joined the King County Council today to deliver his 2023 – 2024 biennial Proposed Budget. The $15.8 billion budget will make major investments in the Executive’s priority areas focused on battling the climate crisis and restoring our environment, ensuring every person has a home, ensuring a community where every person is safe, and uprooting racism and racial disparities. Read more.