Featured Job: Human Resource Manager

Application deadline: Wed. 08/27/14 4:00 PM

Salary: $93,329 – $118,310

Department: Department of Permitting and Environmental Review

Description: Serve as a hands-on human resources professional to administer the department’s legal and policy obligations in the area of personnel, and work in partnership with others to seek full compliance. Serve as the department’s advisor on personnel matters. Supervise the department’s compensation / benefits / attendance staff.

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Kudos! Afshin Meratinia, Metro Bus Operator

I wanted to thank this driver for avoiding the freeway backup due to the incident on the freeway, and finding a way to get folks home as fast as he could. He even offered suggestions for people who needed to go directly to Shoreline. I took his advice, and got home 3 hours sooner than I expected given the situation. Since I had worked all day and visited a friend in the hospital before going home, I couldn’t afford to be stuck on the freeway and miss an online test due at midnight. Because of how he handled the situation, I got home, took the test, and got some sleep before heading to work today and my finals later. Thank you for reducing the negative impact of a bad situation!!!

– Jenna Ramirez

Tell us about your “other life”

Like radio host Sandy Macdonald, King County employees do lots of interesting things in their “other lives” in addition to the work they do for King County. Do you have another life outside of your King County work that you’d like to share with your colleagues? Email us the details at kcemployees@kingcounty.gov or tweet us with the hashtag #kcotherlives (remember to follow us @kcemployees), and we will feature your stories in upcoming editions of Employee News. 

SR 99 construction may delay your commute Monday 8/25 & Tuesday 8/26

Employees commuting to/from downtown Seattle for work on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 25 and 26, should prepare for upcoming transit delays and reroutes on State Route 99 and Aurora Avenue North as the state closes sections of the roadway for construction 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22 through 5 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Seventeen routes will be directly affected by either delays, reroutes or both during the construction closures. Riders can go online to see reroute information for five Aurora Avenue North bus routes. Riders on another 12 bus routes should prepare for delays as buses travel to and from downtown Seattle on the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

Because of potential widespread traffic delays, most bus riders using transit service into Seattle should prepare for possible weekday commute delays Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 25 and 26, as traffic shifts from SR 99 to Interstate 5 and other city streets.

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Employee uses Zumba to help employees get in shape

At a Seattle Storm basketball game, 80 Zumba instructors performed for the half time show. Sitting in the crowd, Lilian Yetter thought that might be something she’d want to try.

Lilian Yetter

Lilian Yetter

“They were looking like they had so much fun. One lady I focused on out of the 80 instructors out there had this big smile on her face, and I was watching her thinking, ‘wow, this is really cool,’” Yetter said.

So Yetter joined a local gym to learn Zumba, and was greeted by none other than the Zumba instructor with the big smile. A year later Yetter was out at the Key Arena dancing Zumba at half time.

Yetter, who works at King County as a Fiscal Specialist for the property tax section in the Department of Executive Services, has been a certified Zumba instructor for two years and teaches free Zumba classes for King County employees every Wednesday and Friday during her lunch break.

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Employees take noxious weed fight to the streets

The employees of King County’s Noxious Weed Program know they can’t stop the spread of invasive plants on their own, so they’re bringing a secret weapon to the fight – local residents and businesses.

“We try to teach people enough so they can do better at controlling these plants. A lot of people want to control noxious weeds and invasive plants, but not everyone knows how. We offer that expertise,” said Sasha Shaw, the noxious weed education specialist.

Garlic Mustard

Garlic Mustard

Throughout the year, staff from the program attend public events to answer questions about what noxious weeds are and how they can be controlled.

“We talk to people who are completely unfamiliar with the concept of invasive plants all the way up to farmers who have been farming for 50 years,” Shaw said.

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Radio brings out employee’s passion for music

sandy macdonaldWhen Sandy Macdonald isn’t working as a civil rights investigator, he is playing music – as a radio host, producer and in a band.

“I just enjoy playing the music and I enjoy being part of live radio,” Macdonald said.

An 18-year employee with what is now King County’s Office of Civil Rights and Open Government, Sandy gets in the radio booth every second and fourth Sunday of the month to host 91.3 KBCS’s show, “Sunday Folks” from 9 a.m. to noon. The show describes itself as “A morning mix of traditional and contemporary folk in all its undefined states.”

Macdonald has hosted shows at the public radio station for 23 years. He originally got into radio in college, graduating with a degree in radio, television and film.

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PAO’s Annual Food Frenzy Drive Raises $11,600 for Food Lifeline

The Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (PAO) completed its annual two-week fundraising project in July called Food Frenzy, which raised $11,600 for Food Lifeline which equals last year’s total. The money will provide 46,400 meals for hungry children. Food Frenzy is a “friendly” competition between law, accounting and engineering firms with the goal of feeding children during the summer months when food bank shelves aren’t well stocked and school lunch programs aren’t running.

The PAO again won the competition in the Public Sector category for 2014 and has won in that category for the past nine years.

Employees participate in many fundraising projects including cooking & bake sales, softball and bowling tournaments, a pie baking contest, a silent auction for gift baskets, a spaghetti luncheon, raffles and Dress Down for a Cause. The Food Frenzy competition fielded a new event this year, a dunk tank event called “Make a Splash to Fight Hunger.” Employees could vote for co-workers and have them dunked into a lot of cold water.

Dan Satterberg

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Lync Awareness Event at King Street Center

More than 175 employees stopped by the KCIT Lync Team’s booth on July 23 and 24 to learn more about Lync.

Some of the questions we heard were focused on:

  • What’s changed in Lync 2013 compared to 2010
  • Update on the Outlook contact phone numbers in Lync issue
  • How to get your picture in Lync
  • How to get more information and training.

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Lunch and Learn highlights County’s efforts to end human trafficking

According to Kelly Mangiaracina, King County’s Task Force Coordinator for Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC), an estimated 300-500 children are forced into prostitution in Seattle every year.

When the CSEC Task Force was convened by Juvenile Court Judge Barbara A. Mack in 2013, it hoped to change that.

“King County was very fortunate to realize this is an issue. We’re very fortunate to have great organizations in the area that want to do something about it,” Mangiaracina said at the Equity and Social Justice “Stopping Human Trafficking” Lunch and Learn held on June 30.

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