It’s in the mail: Look for Open Enrollment information

Check your home mailbox for important benefits and Open Enrollment information mailed recently to the address you have listed in PeopleSoft. Open Enrollment takes place Nov. 1 – 15 and is your opportunity to: Enroll in a Flexible Spending Account—Health Care and Dependent Day Care FSAs reduce your taxable income—saving you money. You must re-enroll every year during Open Enrollment. The Health Care FSA maximum contribution for 2020 is $2,700. Select the appropriate Benefit Access Fee—or exemption. If you cover a spouse or domestic partner on your medical plan, a Benefit Access… Read More

2019 Annual Giving Drive: Spotlight on nonprofits supporting the Latinx community 

King County’s Annual Giving Drive Program started October 7, and almost 1,200 nonprofits are taking part this year. Throughout this year’s drive, we’ll be featuring four nonprofits in different categories. To honor Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month at King County, we’ve highlighted four nonprofits that support and advance the rights of our Latinx and Hispanic Community. Casa Latina (9307) 317 17th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98144 – Empowers Latinx/Hispanic immigrants through employment, education, and community organizing – toward full participation of the Latinx/Hispanic community in the economy and democracy of the U.S. Soccer Without Borders Seattle (9968) 600… Read More

Fair and Just Prosecution Fellow Joseph Ludmir shares his summer experience at the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office 

This summer, the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office welcomed Joseph Ludmir, a rising second year law student from Los Angeles, as a resident Fellow with the national Fair and Just Prosecution Program. The program places outstanding law students in the “most inspiring elected prosecutors’ offices around the country,” an honor Seattle shares with Philadelphia, Brooklyn and Boston.   Summer fellows are defined by their interest criminal justice reform and their ability to bridge the gap between the classroom theories and on-the-ground work.  Working primarily with Deputy Chief of Staff Carla Lee and Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney… Read More

Five questions with Brendan McCluskey, Director of the King County Office of Emergency Management 

Why did you start in your role with King County, and what is your official title? I am the Director of the King County Office of Emergency Management. I started with King County March 2019. I came to the County from New Jersey, where I was the State’s Director of Public Health Preparedness. Previously, I had been the Deputy State Emergency Management Director for Maryland. I also participate as a volunteer assessor and assessment team leader for the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP). King County is an accredited emergency management program, and I served as… Read More

Revamped dock at Pier 50 offers new accessibility features 

It took two years for a full rebuild, but as of August 2019, the new passenger-only ferry dock at Pier 50 has reopened, to include Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements for those with mobility issues. Travelers taking regional ferry service to West Seattle, Vashon, Bremerton and Kingston can now wait under a fully-covered dock with inside seating. A tactile path and tactile signs also guide the way forward to the boat and a new ADA assistance station.  The new dock even includes an elevator that will connect to a new pedestrian bridge… Read More

From King County Elections Director Julie Wise: Volunteer to be a Ballot Drop Box Closer for Nov. 5

Dear Colleagues, The General Election is coming up fast and we need your help to make the experience of voting fun and simple for our neighbors and constituents. Across our county, all ballot drop boxes close at 8 p.m. on Election Night. This election, we’re looking for over 100 volunteers to provide any assistance voters need to ensure their ballot gets cast and their vote gets counted. Who: You and your co-workers! What: Closing ballot drop boxes across King County When: Election Night – Nov. 5 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Where: You… Read More

Discount to Summit at Snoqualmie 

Discounts for the Summit at Snoqualmie 2019-2020 Season Pass are now available. To take advantage of the King County Discount for Unlimited pass (covering adult, young adult, teen, youth, child, senior, and super senior) and Limited (covering adult, young adult, teen, youth, and senior) season passes follow these online instructions. The deepest discounts will be available until Nov. 6. The season pass sale will end Jan. 8, 2020. For more information about rates and discounts for the Summit at Snoqualmie 2019-2020 season, view this flyer or email summitstore@summiti90.com.   View all available discounts at www.kingcounty.gov/employeediscounts. 

Training Spotlight: Facilitating Effective Meetings

Facilitating Effective Meetings, Nov. 14:  A common challenge faced by individuals in business is how to lead and facilitating meetings that are interesting and solicit active engagement. This one day training covers the skills used by a facilitator to design and run an effective meeting. How to be a better participant is also discussed. Topics include specific facilitation skills, group decision making skills, and how to deal with disruptive behaviors.  View more training and development opportunities at www.kingcounty.gov/learning. 

Featured Job: Animal Care Technician 

Salary: $19.90 – $25.22 Hourly  Location: Kent, WA  Job Type: Multiple job types-career service and/or temp  Department: DES – Executive Services  Job Number: 2019SG10680  Closing: 10/13/2019 11:59 PM Pacific  Learn more about this position or view all available positions. 

Pet of the Week: Priscilla 

Priscilla is a 7 year-old, female, shorthair, gray tabby cat (A591804). Her personality color is GREEN, meaning she is an adaptable cat who loves to go with the flow. This sweet girl can be a little shy in new situations, but it doesn’t take her long to get comfortable and show you what a sweetie pie she is!  Read more at www.kingcounty.gov/adoptapet.