Launched in 2017, the Trailhead Direct program was recently highlighted on the REI store blog, with one writer sharing how the program encourages residents to both drive less and explore the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Reliant on the weather, the program will star back up later this year. Read the full article here. Kudos to our innovative programs, like Trailhead Director, for helping residents to better access the outdoors and for minimizing traffic!
King County wins organizational leadership award for government performance and continuous improvement
The Center for Accountability and Performance, affiliated with the American Society for Public Administration, awarded King County the CAP Organizational Leadership Award for 2019. The annual CAP Organizational Leadership Award recognizes outstanding management strategies that result in a culture change, sustained improvements, and demonstrated positive effects on government performance and accountability. “This award is a tribute to the thousands of King County employees who embrace continuous improvement every day,” said Executive Constantine. “We are creating a culture of excellence and innovation that will endure and enable us to tackle the most pressing… Read More
Thank you to King County Metro and King County Roads employees for working hard to keep employees, residents and our community safely moving throughout the snow and ice. We are grateful to Metro employees for getting us all safely to and from our destinations, and to Road Services for maintaining our roadways throughout the county to keep traffic moving carefully and free from harm. Kudos to you for your commitment and dedication!
After assisting a staff member from the Assessor’s Office on a rush deed request, assistant archivist Amanda Demeter received the following praise: “Woman – You Seriously Rock!!!! Thank you Thank you!” Congrats and thank you to Amanda for delivering excellent service.
Sophia Lopez, King County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) public education coordinator, was featured in a December 19 Seattle Weekly article about how King County is preparing for a major earthquake such as a magnitude 9.0 Cascadia Subduction Zone quake. Seattle Weekly contacted OEM in response to December’s earthquake in Alaska, and a report that questioned the Puget Sound region’s preparedness for such a disaster. Read the article here.
This piece was featured at the top of the Seattle Times’ Rant and Raves list for December 30, 2018. Kudos to our efficient King County Metro Transit! “RAVE To Sound Transit, King County Metro Transit and Seattle Center Monorail for providing me and my out-of-town visitor a pleasant adventure from Auburn into Seattle, all on public transportation! From the kind attendant in Auburn who alerted us that we were on the wrong side of the train platform, to the friendly enforcers who boarded the train to verify riders had paid. Once into Seattle, everyone was… Read More
On Dec. 12, Chief Operating Officer Casey Sixkiller and Budget Director Dwight Dively visited employees at Fleet Administration Division in Renton to formally present the Executive’s Performance Excellence Award for Cost. Fleet field service mechanics saved 124 hours just in travel time, or $12,300 in savings, in the first six months by adding diagnostic software to field service computers. Field service mechanics are assigned to various areas of the county including Black Diamond, Fall City, and Redmond to support field crews. When needed, bringing vehicles and equipment into the Renton Shop for repairs is costly considering… Read More
Dear fellow King County employee, At the end of each year our team takes a moment to review what we have achieved together in the previous 12 months, and looks ahead to what we want to accomplish during the coming year. Each year, looking back, I am astounded by the breadth and impact of our achievements, and 2018 is no exception. This year King County Metro was named the best large transit system in North America. We launched our Road Map to Zero Youth Detention, with the goal that every young person… Read More
Pesha Klein, an Environmental Scientist with the Department of Permitting and Environmental at the Vashon Island Office, received the following note of appreciation from a visitor to the Vashon Office: “Thank you very much for your insightful assistance today. I came in there expecting to hit a wall and leave frustrated. What I found was just the opposite. You were entirely helpful and actually concerned that I was taking in all the information that you shared with me. Yes I did, yes I have and I am moving forward. All the best!” Kudos to Pesha for… Read More
King County wins award for using Microsoft HoloLens to train staff at West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant
King County Information Technology (KCIT) has been recognized for using Microsoft’s HoloLens mixed reality device to train operators at a wastewater treatment plant. Partnering with Microsoft and local tech startup Taqtile earlier this year, KCIT launched a project that provides training to employees working at the West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant, ultimately winning a Digital Edge 50 Award for Digital Transformation. The County will be honored at the AGENDA 19 Conference hosted by CIO.com in March. “We’re thrilled by this national recognition,” said King County CIO Tanya Hannah. “Our fantastic partnership with the King County Department of Natural Resources… Read More