Summer Interns meet with Executive Constantine 

By Miguel Estevez Osorio and Von Te’Kwan Dalton, high school summer interns for the Office of Equity and Social Justice and Public Health-Seattle & King County (respectively) through King County’s Lift Every Youth Employment & Mentorship Program Pilot. Recently, King County Executive Dow Constantine met with some of us summer interns from King County’s Lift Every Youth Employment…

Mario Bailey helps youth get back on track with education and employment opportunities 

Crossposted from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Facebook  In the early 1990s, Mario Bailey was setting University of Washington football on fire. The Husky Hall of Famer and All American receiver helped take the Huskies to the Rose Bowl twice, scoring four touchdowns at the bowl games and leading the Huskies to a co-national…

DPD internship program brings on qualified, invested lawyers committed to County priorities 

With the arrival of summer comes the annual onboarding of interns in workplaces across the country. While some internships may just be grabbing coffee and making copies, King County is proud to develop interns and employees for a career in public service. One notable example is within the Department of Public Defense (DPD). Across the…

New ESJ iMap tool brings together community and capital projects for employees

Back in 2013, the Water and Land Resources Division wanted to find a more efficient way of determining the characteristics and statistics of the populations they serve or would impact when doing capital projects. The information is critical to supporting King County’s equity and social justice goals and better project or program outcomes. Developed over the last three years…

Application period is now open for project funding from the ESJ Opportunity Fund  

The Office of Equity and Social Justice (OESJ) is now accepting applications for the Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) Opportunity Fund. The Opportunity Fund is a competitive process that provides resources to King County employees to develop and implement projects that work to advance equity and social justice and that complements the ESJ Strategic Plan.  For the 2017-2018…

Metro employee gets to “Be the boss” 

By Hannah Debenedetto, intern with King County Department of Transportation What would you do if you were boss for the day? Metro’s Gerald Freeman found out after winning an employee sweepstakes to “be the boss” of KCDOT Director Harold Taniguchi. As a marketing specialist, Gerald is regularly at community events to help customers sign up for…

Keeping employees safe delivers cost savings

“Prevention is the best cure” might sound like a cliché but it’s an important part of keeping King County employees safe at work and decreasing injury-related costs. King County’s Safety and Claims section is implementing a multifaceted approach to reduce costs on workers compensation claims and lost work days as a result of occupational injuries…

You belong here: Welcome Inclusion Symposium supports 2018 Special Olympics 

As shared from the DCHS Touching Base Newsletter  The Special Olympics USA Games are coming to Seattle/King County in 2018! Thousands of athletes and their families will travel to the Pacific Northwest to compete in the games. Businesses and governments across King County are actively preparing for those visitors. More than 300 people attended the Welcome Inclusion (WIN)…

The 2017 King County Trans Resource and Referral Guide is now available 

The Department of Community and Human Services is excited to announce that the 2017 version of the King County Trans Resource and Referral Guide is now available!  Thanks to Mental Illness and Drug Dependency (MIDD) funding provided last year, the Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence, in partnership with several community organizations and with support from King County, was able…

Metro is taking action to address cost, quality, and equity in Access paratransit 

Crossposted from Metro Matters By Chris O’Claire, Metro Transit Assistant General Manager, and Priscilla Vargas, Managing Director of Paratransit and Rideshare Operations Metro Transit is committed to continuing to improve the Access paratransit service we provide to qualifying riders who cannot ride fixed-route bus service. The King County Auditor’s Office has presented the findings of…