Metro Transit operator shares experience in KUOW story 

King County bus operator Nathan Vass was profiled in a recent KUOW article. It focused on his experiences driving a bus throughout different parts of Seattle and his community engagement work as a filmmaker, writer and photographer. The article quotes Nathan saying:  “If I say hi to people on the 7, they will say something in response. I don’t drive that route because it’s more cool, or more dangerous, or something like that, but because the people are more friendly. If I’m going to spend eight hours in one neighborhood, I want… Read More

Supported Employment in Roads Division: Matt Everson 

King County’s Supported Employment Program matches job seekers with developmental disabilities to jobs by identifying efficiencies and unmet needs throughout King County government. Roads Division partnered with Christina Davidson, Supported Employment Program Manager, to hire through the Program to meet their business needs.    Matt Everson started working with the Roads Division in December of 2017 to provide support around recycling and other tasks. “[Matt] is just a part of the family now. People from front-line employees to management love to interact with Matt. He’s been a great addition to the team,” stated Jeremy Ferguson,… Read More

Executive meets with employees from Native American Leadership Council  

King County Executive Dow Constantine recently met with employees from the County’s Native American Leadership Council (NALC) to learn about their experiences as employees, what the County can do to bring more Native American employees into its workforce and help them advance, and how the County can be more effective in serving Native people in local communities.  At his November 19 Employee Listening Session, Executive Constantine discussed a wide range of issues with Tristen Gardner from the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program, Andy Boland from Parks Division, Natasha Frazier from the Department… Read More

Training Spotlight: Strengthening Our Health and Resiliency: Towards Belonging and Co- Liberation and How to Navigate Amidst Overwhelming Times

The King County Office of Equity and Social Justice is hosting two workshops that center on the lived experiences of native employees and employees of color.  Strengthening Our Health and Resiliency: Towards Belonging and Co- Liberation, Nov. 26-27: This training seeks to engage a smaller group of leadership of native employees and employees of color at King County. Using lived experience and frames based on belonging, co-liberation, and health, this session will support thinking through what ensuring transformative and racially equitabble programs and strategies could be. The two day session will be grounded in Embodying… Read More

Program offers diverse community opportunities in trades and apprenticeships 

The King County Priority Hire Program is helping people in economically distressed communities across King County receive the training and skills they need to access rewarding employment and training opportunities in the construction industry. This work is building opportunities and creating a more diverse and trained workforce that will help this region prosper and grow. “There are opportunities for people in the trades and this program is a great strategy to implement that will help diversify the workforce,” said Samantha Kealoha, Labor Equity Program Manager. “It’s important to help people get into this industry… Read More

Meet our Elections translators: KC Jung, Korean 

Crossposted from Election Connection  We’re highlighting the great work our translators do helping to make our elections and services accessible to every member of the community. Here we sit down for a brief Q&A with KC Jung, our Korean language translator.  What is your background and what brought you to working in local government at King County?  I am originally from Seoul, South Korea. I first came to the U.S. to study English and decided to adopt this country as my new homeland because of the diverse background of people and places…. Read More

King County Veterans Court celebrates Veterans Day and court graduates, Nov. 8

Regional Veterans Court will be holding a celebration of all veterans and a graduation for those successfully completing the court program on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the King County Courthouse (Courtroom E-326). Regional Veterans Court is a specialized track within King County District Court that connects veterans in the justice system to health and behavioral health treatment, housing and other services they may need to re-stabilize their lives. The Court helps veterans stay out of further involvement in the justice system, and reduces the use of jails and… Read More

Superior Court CASA Program needs volunteers, open house Nov. 7 

If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity that will have an impact on a child’s life, the King County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program is calling your name. The program will be holding an informational open house on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 1401 E. Jefferson, Suite 500 from 10 a.m. to noon. CASA volunteers are the independent voice that judges and others depend on to represent the best interest of children under 12. Currently, there are more than 600 children who need someone to speak for them in court. CASA welcomes all… Read More

Breaking down barriers with Supported Employment: Janet Mejie 

King County’s Supported Employment Program matches job seekers with developmental disabilities to jobs by identifying efficiencies and unmet needs throughout King County government. One of the new hires is Janet Mejie, who recently started working in Transit Safety & Training section. “It’s made us more efficient and more effective as a safety staff in general in the Safety office to have this type of backing and support from Janet,” said Michael Marks, Superintendent Transit Safety. Watch the short video below that highlights Janet in the Supported Employment Program and contact Christina Davidson to learn more about ways you… Read More

Helping employees get back to work 

King County’s Return-to-Work (RTW) Program assists employees who have been injured or ill transition back into the workforce, a program that benefits both employees and the County. “This year I’m looking to place two employees with temporary medical restrictions in Renton with the Elections team during their upcoming busy election schedule,” said Jamie Christensen, Disability Services Consultant with King County’s Disability Services, Leaves and Supported Employment section in the Department of Human Resources. “If I can find employees for departments requesting transitional duty workers, then that’s interviews that departments don’t need to… Read More