Check out what’s new at City Hall Park

The weather looks great this week to enjoy lunch outside or a short walk to pick up some delicious barbeque. This spring and summer, you can get lunch from a food truck at City Hall Park on the south side of the King County Courthouse. Trucks will be there from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. several days a week, including LT’s Famous BBQ today, and Odin Star burgers and sandwiches Wednesday. Haven’t been to City Hall Park lately? Check out the new colorful Adirondack chairs and music from the “Busker of the… Read More

How Metro connects you with what matters 

Crossposted from Metro Matters  “Every day we carry hundreds of thousands of riders, each of them destined for a place, a person, a moment we can only guess at.”   On a typical day, King County Metro buses, water taxis, vanpools, and other mobility services connect people with what matters in their lives.  That’s the message at the heart of our new campaign – Connecting What Matters. We connect people and communities.  You may have seen our ads on billboards, buses, or Facebook.  Read more from Metro Matters

Watch a video of Administrative Professionals Recognition event 

Some 250 employees attended the fourth annual Administrative Professionals Recognition Day event in the King County Courthouse April 24, and we put together a short video to commemorate the occasion. Click the image below to watch the video. 

Green Globe Awards announced for 2019 

Crossposted from Clean Water Stories  On Earth Day, King County Executive Dow Constantine recognized 13 businesses, cities, organizations and people for the work they’re doing to protect and improve the local environment with the Green Globe Awards. The Green Globe Awards are the County’s highest honor for local environmental efforts.  Congratulations to all those recognized! Among the recipients are three that were nominated by Wastewater Treatment Division, we appreciate their environmental stewardship efforts. Here’s a shout-out  to Salmon-Safe and Clean Lake Union, Young’s Restaurant, and World Relief Seattle!  Read more from Clean Water Stories

Celebrate 10 years with BBY5K!  

The Big Backyard 5K presented by Kaiser Permanente is celebrating its 10th annual event this year and there is still plenty of time to register! Lace up your sneakers and join King County Parks on Sunday, June 2 at Marymoor Park for this dog, stroller and family friendly event! You can sign up online through May 31 and in person on race weekend. Proceeds from the event go to benefit King County Parks. So register as an individual or team today and support Your Big Backyard! King County Employees can receive $5 off their registration by using the… Read More

King County expresses gratitude for administrative professional employees 

King County celebrated its more than 2,300 administrative professional employees last week at the 4th Annual Administrative Professionals Day Recognition Event. This year’s event focused on the theme of “Gratitude” for the many contributions of administrative professionals to county government, and their work in helping all employees provide the best possible service to customers. “Often administrative professionals and those who work behind the scenes don’t always get the recognition… but we all know you make it happen,” Whitney Abrams, Chief People Officer, said at the event. “Providing opportunities to not only recognize the… Read More

May is Mental Health Month

Dear employee, May is national Mental Health Month, a time to raise awareness about the importance of mental health to our overall health and well-being, and to our community. Talking about and acknowledging mental health can be difficult and awkward, yet mental health is as important to our well-being as physical health. As the World Health Organization says, “there is no health without mental health.” Silence and stigma are two of the biggest barriers to people getting the care they need. Employees, family, and friends may struggle in silence, or not know… Read More

May Day events Wednesday, May 1

Dear employee, Several community groups are planning rallies, marches, and other events for International Workers’ Day this Wednesday, May 1. We value and respect the peaceful expression of political views and people exercising their First Amendment rights. Employees who are scheduled to work and wish to attend any of the May Day events must follow their department’s appropriate leave policies and take leave with the approval of their supervisor. For more information on your department’s leave policies, please refer to your Human Resources Manager. May Day activities could affect traffic and transit. Be… Read More

They’re not your usual beach combers 

Crossposted from Clean Water Stories  This Earth Day, a determined group of engineers, scientists, lab technicians, technical trainers, managers and more stormed the shore in Discovery Park picking up litter and debris.  The staff at West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant take their stewardship of the park around the treatment facility seriously, and can often be seen toting trash off the beach and trails.  Read more from Clean Water Stories  

Join King County for Pride 2019, June 30 

Bring your Intersectional Selves and join your colleagues Sunday, June 30, as we march in celebration and support of Seattle’s LGBTIQQA community! All are welcome; feel free to bring your friends and family! Can’t make it to the parade? You can still order a t-shirt to show your support for the community (details to come).  Please email Mariah Taylor at mariah.taylor@kingcounty.gov with “Pride 2019” in the subject line.  To remain informed: Get on the distribution list to stay up to date on Pride related activities including important dates, t-shirt sales, and Parade details. Mariah… Read More