Executive unveils stronger community-centered response for youth and families in crisis

Crossposted from King County Youth Justice  King County Executive Dow Constantine announced new options for parents, youth, school personnel and local law enforcement that will divert and reduce the number of youth who come into contact with the courts and detention facilities. The “Safe Spaces” proposal connects youth who may have traditionally gone into the…

Executive Constantine thanks DNRP employees for becoming “carbon neutral”

King County Executive Dow Constantine today congratulated Department of Natural Resources and Parks employees for helping DNRP become King County’s first “Carbon Neutral” agency. Dear DNRP employee, Earth Week is a great chance to congratulate every Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP) employee for helping DNRP become King County’s first “Carbon Neutral” agency! Please…

State of the County: Executive Constantine announces focus on healthy aging, new reception centers for youth

In his eighth State of the County address, Executive Dow Constantine introduced the theme: you belong here. Noting that 40 percent of the region’s population increase since 2010 has been from people not born in the country, Executive Constantine said the region’s diversity was one of its greatest assets. “All these people came here to…

2017 State of the County address

Dear fellow King County employee, In our work together, we are continuing to reinvent how King County does business. We call it Best Run Government, a mindset that embraces innovation, continuous improvement and teamwork to take on challenges, big and small, in our communities. Along the way we’ve been winning national recognition and the support…

Celebrating Black History Month in King County

King County Executive Dow Constantine has proclaimed February to be Black History Month in King County. “The contributions to science, technology, business, arts, and cultural innovation by African Americans have been essential to the progress of our nation,” Executive Constantine said in his Proclamation. “We will continue to honor these accomplishments every month and every day in…

Sustaining the beacon of hope

Dear fellow King County employee, On Friday, the new President signed an Executive Order that blocks citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, suspends all refugee admissions for 120 days, and indefinitely bans all Syrian refugees. The President’s Order sparked shock, fear and confusion in King County and across the world. It…

Passing of Kenny McCormick, Metro employee and President of ATU Local 587

King County Executive Dow Constantine wrote to employees in the Department of Transportation on the sudden passing of Kenny McCormick, Metro employee and President of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587. You can read the Executive’s message below:  Dear fellow King County employee, This past weekend we lost Kenny McCormick, a long-time Metro employee and President of Amalgamated…

County launches Youth and Family Homelessness Prevention Initiative with grants to 27 local agencies; Executive also announces $41M for affordable housing and homeless services

As shared from the DCHS Touching Base Newsletter  The first strategy funded by Best Starts for Kids, the Youth and Family Homelessness Prevention Initiative (YFHPI), was formally launched at a news event on Dec. 15 at Mother Africa in Kent, one of the 27 agencies selected through a competitive process to administer $4 million in…

Sixteen remarkable achievements of 2016

King County Executive Dow Constantine just released a slideshow of 16 accomplishments in 2016 which highlight some of the remarkable achievements of King County employees and community partners over the last 12 months. “Your professionalism and passion improves the quality of life in our region,” Executive Constantine said in an email message to employees. “Your good work…