Employee Discounts to 2019 Washington State Fair and University of Washington football  

Washington State Fair: Employees can save on tickets to the Washington State Fair, Aug. 30 – Sept. 22. Click here for instructions on how to purchase your discount tickets. Once you are logged into the Corporate Perks portal, your discount pricing will be unlocked. There is no need to enter an additional discount code.  

University of Washington football: UW vs. Eastern Washington University, Saturday Aug. 31, and UW vs. USC, Saturday, Sept. 28. To access the discount, visit this link here. Questions? Contact Justin Rothbaum at 206-685-8429 or jrothbaum@pac-12sales.com. 

See all available employee discounts at www.kingcounty.gov/employeediscounts. 

How can Metro meet the needs of our growing county and help solve the climate crisis? We need to hear from you! 

Crossposted from Metro Matters 

King County is growing quickly. Our economy is doing well, but unfortunately, rising housing prices mean that many people must live farther from work and drive long distances. That’s not good for quality of life, and it’s not good for the environment – transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in King County. At the same time, innovations in mobility services mean there are many more ways to get around than ever before, but many of these services can be expensive and lead to more cars on the road and more pollution in the air. 

King County Metro needs your help to address these challenges. 

We are the largest transit provider in King County, but we know we must do more. 

Read more from Metro Matters

Fluid Life Events: Changing your benefits after marriage or divorce 

Certain life events may impact your benefits and allow you to make changes mid-year. This week, the Business Resource Center and the Benefits office launched a new PeopleSoft feature, Fluid Life Events, that allows you to make benefit changes online from any mobile device or computer. You can make changes online to your medical, dental, vision, life, and AD&D coverage if you experience one of the following life events: marriage, divorce, birth, or adoption. 

You can still submit paper Qualifying Life Event forms and documentation to the Benefits office if you prefer; these forms can also be used for life events not yet available in PeopleSoft. 

Marriage is considered a qualifying life event, which allows you to make changes to your benefits mid-year. You and your new spouse should evaluate your benefit options to be sure your coverage makes sense for your new family. Make any benefits changes within 30 days of your marriage. For detailed step-by-step instructions, see Changing Benefits in PeopleSoft: Marriage. 

Divorce is also a qualifying life event, which allows you to make changes to your benefits mid-year. Make any benefits changes within 30 days of your divorce. For detailed step-by-step instructions, see Changing Benefits in PeopleSoft: Divorce. 

Information about the Birth and Adoption life events will be covered in the next Employee News. 

Questions? To help the Business Resource Center continue to deliver excellent service, please use the PeopleSoft Life Events Employee Feedback Tool. If you have questions about your benefits, contact Benefits, Payroll and Retirement Operations at 206-684-1556 or KC Benefits. 

Green infrastructure, aiming for LEED Gold Certification 

The recent installation of the rain garden and green roof are the latest milestones at the Children and Family Justice Center. The eco-friendly design and landscaping support the County’s climate change priorities.  

In addition to being beautiful, the rain garden is one of many sustainable features that will retain run-off stormwater. The garden’s landscape showcases Princeton Sentry trees, Barrenwort plants, and Mexican beach cobble stones around the perimeter of the garden. A unique characteristic to the garden are rain chains, a functional and modern alternative to traditional gutter downspouts. Visitors and staff will have viewing access from the atrium on all floors of the building.  

The green roof will help conserve energy by acting as a natural coolant for the building, while simultaneously improving stormwater management.   

These, and other energy-efficient features, will contribute to the CFJC using 26 percent less energy than required by the City of Seattle’s Energy Code.   

The project sets high standards for environmental sustainability, and the building is on track to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.   

Employees connect with community at Cine en el Parque 

King County employees were on hand to connect with residents about programs and services at the August 10 Cine en el Parque event. 

Community outreach teams from several departments did a great job of providing information at interactive booths with bilingual staff at the screening of Spider-Man: Un Nuevo Universo. “Cine en el Parque” is a free outdoor movie at Dick Thurnau Park in White Center, where movies are projected onto a 40-foot-tall inflatable movie screen (bigger than most indoor theatres) that turns the Park into a spectacular outdoor cinema under the stars.  

It was a great opportunity to share information, spend time with the community, and enjoy the film. 

DPD interns: A summer of epic victories, hard-fought losses and many hours in the courtroom 

Crossposted from For the Defense 

The Department of Public Defense is saying goodbye this week and next to its 20 interns, thoughtful and dedicated law students who experienced both epic trial victories and hard-fought losses during their 10 weeks at DPD. 

They worked in nearly every case area DPD handles; put forward excellent release arguments, writs, and motions; researched complex legal issues, and wrote thoughtful legal memos. They spent time together at trainings, shared lunches where they heard from others in the field of public defense, and were mentored by several excellent attorneys. 

In interviews with a handful of them during their last few days at the department, they talked about what these 10 weeks have meant to them – what they enjoyed, what was hard, and their thoughts about the legal system as they approach their final year of law school. Here are a few highlights. 

Read more from For the Defense

Executive Constantine announces John Diaz appointed Director of the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention

Dear fellow King County employee,


John Diaz, Director of the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention

I am pleased to announce the appointment of John Diaz to serve as the new director of the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention, effective Wednesday, August 21. His appointment is subject to Council confirmation.

John has served as Interim DAJD Director since April of this year, and during that time I have been impressed by his leadership, strategic thinking, and genuine interest in the work of DAJD employees, and the stability he has brought to the department.

Prior to joining King County, John was the Seattle Police Department police chief from 2010 – 2013, beginning his career at the department as a patrol officer in 1980 and holding many leadership positions before being named Chief of Police. He has three decades of senior management, law enforcement, and labor engagement experience.

I look forward to continuing to work with John and his leadership team on the work that DAJD employees do 24/7 in both custody and programming to keep King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive.





Dow Constantine
King County Executive

Using People Roundings to build a better workplace 

By Whitney Abrams, Chief People Officer

Two years ago, Executive Constantine launched our Investing in YOU strategy to build a supportive and respectful workplace culture at King County where every employee can be at their best and do their best work for our community.

One way that I track our progress on this strategy is through a process called People Roundings. Rounding is what doctors and nurses have traditionally done to check on patients in hospitals. We use People Roundings to check in with leaders and staff in departments on our People Measures, the key metrics we use to measure our progress on Investing in YOU.

Roundings also give me an opportunity to learn about the exciting work that is happening in your departments, and find out what additional resources and support I can provide to ensure we are building a healthy and supportive culture in every department.

As part of Investing in YOU, we are focused on achieving racial and gender diversity in the top 20% of all County positions, and providing fair and equitable employee development opportunities. In my roundings earlier in the year, I checked in with department leaders on these areas, and it was exciting to learn about some of the changes we are making. While change doesn’t happen overnight, I am encouraged by the advances we are making and the drive and ingenuity displayed by leadership and staff in each department to achieve these goals.

This summer, I am once again visiting each department and will check in with leaders on two additional items: engagement action plans and values.

This is our fourth year of our employee engagement survey, and workgroups at all levels of our organization use this data to develop localized action plans that respond to the issues that you raised in the survey. Every department, worksite, and team is different, and action plans ensure that we are being thoughtful, inclusive and intentional in identifying and acting on the issues that are most relevant to you.

Last month, Executive Constantine launched the Executive Branch Values, and I will use the upcoming roundings to check in on how they have been received and will be implemented in departments. These values provide a framework for our expectations and interactions with each other, our customers, and our community, and they will guide our priorities and decision-making. They are also central to achieving our True North – Making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive – and I look forward to hearing how leadership in each department is not only bringing them into their workplaces, but also modelling them day-to-day.

I enjoy the rounding process because I am proud of the work we do at King County and I want every employee to be happy and successful in their career. These conversations ensure we are tracking our progress, adjusting course when needed, learning from one another, and moving together as one team to create a culture where you have the tools, support, and opportunity to do your best work.

City Hall Park lunch options   

Check out the food trucks at City Hall Park on the south side of the King County Courthouse this week from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Today and Thursday it’s Plaza Garcia Express Mexican cuisine, and on Friday it’s World’s Best BBQClick here for a complete schedule and menus of food trucks at City Hall Park. For more information visit www.seattlefoodtruck.com  

Featured Job: Business and Finance Officer IV – Budget (Internal Only) 

Salary: $94,937.02 – $120,338.60 Annually 

Location: Seattle, WA 

Job Type: Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week 

Department: DLS – Local Services 

Job Number: 2019RH10423 

Closing: 8/21/2019 11:59 PM Pacific 

Are you an experienced public sector budget analyst seeking your next challenge? Come join the Roads Services Division of King County’s Department of Local Services as a Business and Finance Officer IV! 

Successful candidates will have the skills needed to develop and monitor the Road Division’s biennial capital and operating budgets, as well as the Capital Improvement Program’s Six Year Plan and demonstrated ability to operate in a role with heavy quantitative emphasis that also supervises two professional staff members. This position will be part of the Roads Budget and Finance Unit, within the Strategic Business Operations Section, and reports to the Roads Finance Manager. 

Learn more about this position or view all available positions.