New appointment scheduler assists county veterans

The King County Veterans and Military Affinity Group and King County Veteran’s Program would like to remind all County employees who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces that the Veteran’s Administration (VA) has launched a new appointment scheduler to connect you with VA Benefits Counselors. The Visitor Engagement Reporting Application (VERA) is a streamlined scheduling process for in-person or online appointments to learn about your benefits and how to navigate the VA’s processes. This is a useful resource for those with questions about benefit eligibility, or in need of assistance filing… Read More

King County takes part in Women in Trades Fair

Several King County departments participated in last Friday’s Women in Trades Fair at Seattle Center. Hear from two Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) employees – operators Alyssa Moreno and Kylie Turner – about their experiences in their jobs and working at WTD. Follow King County on LinkedIn for news about fellow employees, job opportunities, county initiatives, and more.

2023 Seattle Pride Parade

2023 Seattle Pride Parade planning is underway. If you are a King County employee and want to be kept up to date on all things Pride Parade, send an email to with PRIDE INFO 2023 in the subject line. This year, t-shirt sales will be done completely online and mailed directly to you. The Parade route runs from downtown Seattle to Seattle Center on Sunday, June 25. More info will be sent out soon. Happy PRIDE!

Voters approve Crisis Care Centers Levy—a generational investment to transform the behavioral health system in King County

King County Executive Dow Constantine applauds the approval of the Crisis Care Centers initiative, a nine-year levy that will create a regional network of five Crisis Care Centers, restore and increase mental health residential treatment beds, and invest in the people who do the difficult, important, and historically underpaid work of providing mental health and substance use disorder services. “King County voters agree – we must build a stronger behavioral health system to meet the urgent and growing need for care,” said Executive Constantine. “With this strong approval, we will chart a… Read More

MLK Committee volunteers needed

The employee-led MLK Committee is seeking volunteers. The committee shares responsibility for organizing the annual MLK Celebration and designing the MLK Calendar for 2024. There are many opportunities available for those who would like to participate. This includes serving as a Larry Gossett Award ambassador, helping decide speakers and performers, artwork selection for the calendar, and much more. If you are interested, submit your information here by April 24. For questions, reach out to Jasmine Harbor in the Office of Equity, Racial, and Social Justice.

KC employees can help residents preserve their Apple Health insurance

Cross-posted from Public Health Insider Thousands of King County residents who have health insurance through Apple Health risk losing coverage in coming months. Public Health—Seattle & King County and its partners in the community are leading an effort to help them take action in time. Beginning this spring, many clients will need to verify that they’re still eligible for Apple Health. The good news: There are options for people to keep health insurance coverage – if they act in time. Learn more and download the flyer here.

Serving healthcare with dignity to those serving time

From the American Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pasifika Affinity Group Lio Saephanh, Nursing Supervisor with King County Jail Health Services, came to the U.S. as a child after spending a year in a refugee camp. She is Mien, an ethnic minority in Southeast Asia and the second largest Hill Tribal group in northern Laos and Thailand, after the Hmong people. Lio has provided direct health services in King County for the past 33 years. In her role, she supervises teams of dedicated nurses providing critical health care and making sure scheduled services are fully… Read More

Metro wins WTS ‘Innovative Transportation Solution’ award

Cross-posted from Metro Matters King County Metro was recently recognized by the Puget Sound Chapter of WTS for the adoption and roll out of the Free Youth Transit Pass program, which is supported by funding from the state’s Move Washington legislation. “This program and policy change represents a fantastic investment in our riders of the future and we are honored to receive the award,” said Ina Percival, Metro Supervisor for Market and Business Development. “It was a fantastic team effort and included all of our regional transit partners.” Read more.

King County Sheriff’s Deputy awards athletes in Special Olympics Winter Games

Cross-posted from the Sheriff’s Newsletter Deputy Dylan Centanino-Sweers recently attended the Special Olympics Washington Winter Games in Wenatchee. He was joined by officers from other local jurisdictions. The Sheriff’s Office stated, “We were honored that Deputy Centanino-Sweers was chosen to award athletes who placed in their respective sports. As a former Renton Special Olympics track and field coach, he has continued to work closely with the organization.” Read more.

Annual Women’s History Month: Passing the Torch

The theme for the annual King County Council Women’s History Month panel is “Passing the Torch: An Intergenerational Conversation.” This live, online event features a panel of specialists who will speak about a life in activism and new voices who are picking up the banner for the next generation. Read more about the a panelists for this event. Wednesday, March 29 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Join via livestream on King County TV or Facebook. This presentation is sponsored and moderated by Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, and co-sponsored by Councilmembers Claudia Balducci and Sarah Perry, the Legislative Branch Equity and Social Justice Team, and… Read More