Kudos! to DPER for process improvements

In the last 12 months, about 60 percent of Department of Permitting and Environmental Review’s single-family building permits have been approved in less than six weeks, a marked acceleration from the preceding 12 months in which 35 percent of the same permits were approved in less than six weeks. Additionally, card payments was launched at…

King County Water Taxi sets single-day record

Crossposted from Captain’s Blog By Brent Champaco, King County DOT Event organizers for Sub Pop Record’s 30th anniversary celebration on Alki Beach praised King County Water Taxi’s flexibility for helping thousands of concert-goers enjoy the biggest one-day event in West Seattle’s history without having to fight traffic congestion. King County Water Taxi set a single-day…

And the winner is… King County Elections!

Crossposted from Election Connection The Election Center has announced that King County Elections won its Democracy Award for the department’s 2017 media campaign, “Why Vote.” The campaign featured two powerful videos, the “Multiplier Effect,” an animated spot designed to illustrate the importance of voting, and “The Struggle,” a more somber depiction of the hard fought…

Kudos! to the DCHS management team for volunteering and Banding Together to Fight Homelessness

In connection with Pearl Jam: The Home Shows and Banding Together to Fight Homelessness, United Way of King County sponsored a special Day of Caring Aug. 9, where volunteers worked on hundreds of projects throughout the County at nonprofits that serve individuals and families experiencing homelessness.  The DCHS management team volunteered their time to help…

King County’s South Treatment Plant celebrates perfection with prestigious environmental awards

The Washington State Department of Ecology honored King County’s South Treatment Plant with a coveted “Outstanding Performance Award” for operational excellence that resulted in perfect compliance with all permit conditions in 2017. South Plant is one of 111 wastewater treatment plants out of about 300 statewide that received the recognition. To earn the award, the…

Kudos! to Public Health for innovative use of comics for emergencies

During a severe disease outbreak or bioterrorist attack, people will likely experience stress levels that will make it difficult to process emergency information. Public Health’s Preparedness and Communications sections worked with a professional comic artist to produce illustrations to help the public quickly comprehend what to do in a public health emergency that requires them…

Teams trying to save ailing orca practice feeding live fish off Lummi Nation boat and SoundGuardian

The King County SoundGuardian was featured in a recent article by the Associated Press, highlighting its participation in efforts to save a sick orca whale in Puget Sound. Teams taking drastic measures to save a young, ailing killer whale loaded up two boats with fat live salmon as the sun rose Friday and rushed to waters…

Kudos! to FMD for the DPD moves

Staff from Public Defense’s The Defenders Association Division moved in with the rest of their colleagues at the Dexter Horton Building last month. TDA Division leadership shared their appreciation for the great work Facilities Management Division did in a note: “FMD movers did an outstanding job moving a majority of containers and furniture Friday night. They…

Metro earns top award – best in North America

In a message to Metro’s employees, General Manager Rob Gannon shared the fantastic news that the American Public Transportation Association has recognized King County Metro as Outstanding Public Transportation System of the Year! Dear Metro colleagues, I have wonderful news to share with you: Metro has been named Outstanding Public Transportation System of the year—the…