Fleet moves ahead with Lean projects, saving money and reducing waste 

Crossposted from DES Express  Folks in Fleet have been busy working on ways to make processes more efficient. In fact, they have three examples of new or improved processes that will save the county money, reduce waste, and free up staff time for other Lean work.  “We’ve been on a Lean journey way before I got here in late 2018,” said Lynn Walters, shop supervisor. “COVID slowed everything down but we were able to get back on track.”  Walters said there has been universal alignment and support of the Lean efforts from the… Read More

King County ePayment Storefront improves customer service 

Crossposted from DES Express  All county customers can now make payments online through the ePayment Storefront system, which launched early this summer. This is an important and timely improvement, since most King County in-person services are shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Congratulations and thank you to employees from several divisions in the Department of Executive Services (DES) and other departments for their hard work and collaboration.  Read more. 

Internship program takes off despite COVID 

Crossposted from the DES Express Even with the COVID-19 pandemic, King County International Airport’s internship program continued this spring and summer, with a twist, thanks to an innovative new partnership between the airport and the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS). “We are very excited to keep the internship program running this summer despite the challenges,” said Mohamed Nimeri, Managing Engineer. “Thank you, Eric and Kevin, for leading this effort!” Eric Miller and Kevin Nuechterlein, both capital project managers at KCIA, led the development of the new internship program. While many activities were shutting… Read More

Residents and workers of King County awarded Executive Award for Community Resilience  

The 10th annual King County Executive Award for Community Resilience was presented today to all the residents and workers of King County for their dedication to the community. As King County deals with the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and racial injustice, residents and workers have stepped up to show what true resilience really looks like. From first responders, to healthcare workers, to teachers and daycare workers, to all the King County government employees, individuals have made tremendous sacrifice to keep others safe.     Past recipients have included the Somali Health Board, King County… Read More

DES featured in new book, “Solving the People Problem” 

Crossposted from the DES Express  A new book, “Solving the People Problem; Essential Skills You Need to Lead and Succeed in Today’s Workplace,” will be published at the end of the month. The book features several examples of how DES, specifically the Finance and Business Operations Division (FBOD) and the Business Resource Center (BRC), have had success using the tools associated with the DISC profile to improve communication, relationships and productivity.  The book includes an example of how the BRC has improved communication and increased productivity across the organization, while raising engagement, using… Read More

Utility of the Future Today and awards for outstanding performance 

Crossposted from Clean Water Stories  King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) has received national recognition as a Utility of the Future Today for its beneficial use of Loop® biosolids. WTD is one of 65 water utilities being recognized for transformational work in community engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients.  The Utility of the Future Today concept is being promoted as water systems face challenges such as aging infrastructure, water pollution, workforce shortages, and impacts of climate change, including drought, floods, storms, and sea level rise. The Utility of the Future… Read More

Emergency Management awarded a grant to plan for catastrophic disasters 

Crossposted from the DES Express  Following a major earthquake, the supply chain that delivers life-sustaining products to our region will be impacted. King County Emergency Management received nearly $930,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through the Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program to establish a framework that lays out alternative modes of delivering these much needed products, specifically using our region’s waterways.  Equity and social justice is a large component of the grant, and the framework will work to ensure that it includes distributing goods and services to the diverse and traditionally… Read More

A heavy lift as Archives staff prepare for construction 

Crossposted from the DES Express  Congrats to the Archives team for their work protecting and preparing records for temporary storage during upcoming construction.  The mighty team of seven staff at King County Archives has packed up, protected and stacked 322 pallets worth of records! Many of the records have been sent to storage, some in the Archives’ new environmentally-controlled dark storage, in preparation for a long-awaited remodel of the Archives facility. Others are sitting on pallets at the King County Records Center until construction is completed sometime in late winter or early spring… Read More

King County TV wins 12 government programming awards 

King County TV (KCTV) recently earned eight National Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors (NATOA) Government Programming Awards and won four Awards of Honor. These awards are similar to the Emmy Awards for government TV programming. The station earned 12 awards total, including one for Video Journalism and top honors for its profile of Family Treatment Court. In Category 24 – Public Health, KCTV won an Award of Distinction for “Should I get a flu shot? | Ask Public Health.” View the three-part series here, here, and here. In Category 27 – Profile of a City/County Dept. or Employee, KCTV won an Award of Excellence for “A family lost… Read More

Developing new practices for COVID-19 just another day in Payroll Operations 

Many groups around King County have had to adapt rapidly to the challenges posed by the coronavirus, switching gears to accommodate new policies and procedures. But for the Central Payroll Operations Team, a small group of employees who already move at a quick pace, these changes are part of their ever-evolving work routine. As we celebrate National Payroll Week, we spoke with Payroll Operations Supervisor Pam Bell to learn more about how the Team is operating during this time. Pam joined King County in 2004 and has been with the Department of Executive… Read More