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
On November 13, three representatives of London-based Arrow Media came to the King County Archives to see the Ted Bundy collection. Assistant Archivist Amanda Demeter laid out a selection of maps, photographs, and documents from the collection, and the crew also got footage of the collection in the vault. A documentary about Bundy is in production and slated for release some time next year. Arrow Media is expected to return to Archives soon for footage on a documentary about Gary Ridgway. Kudos to King County Archives for being a valuable international resource on Pacific Northwest history!
On October 30, 2018, the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD) held its 19th Annual Employee Awards Ceremony. King County Chief Operating Officer Casey Sixkiller attended the ceremony and recognized staff achievements. DAJD employees were also able to say goodbye to Director William Hayes as he entered retirement. This year 98 staff members were recognized for various awards, including lifesaving, meritorious achievements, distinguished service and one medal of valor given to an officer for a heroic act. We congratulate all those that were recognized and say a fond farewell to Director William Hayes.
The following groups were recognized at the inaugural Executive’s Performance Excellence Awards, held November 26, 2018. These awards recognize projects, improvements, and innovations in departments that are driving exceptional, measurable results. Meet the winners: Cost – Fleet Diagnostics (DOT/Fleet) Project Team: Erik Ferkingstad, Chris Gavigan, Cindy Kittleston, Isaac Wisdom Problem: In most cases, heavy-duty vehicles with a “check engine” light had to be diagnosed before they could be driven. Non-drivable vehicles were towed to the Renton Shop or the field mechanic had to go to the Renton Shop to get the diagnostic computer. The Renton Shop… Read More
This piece was featured at the top of the Seattle Times’ Rant and Raves list for October 20, 2018. Kudos to our efficient King County Water Taxi! “RAVE I’ve had many opportunities to interact with the King County Water Taxi crews this year, mostly going to and from Sounders and Mariners games. They are always efficient, polite, and have a great way of making sure everyone gets aboard before taking off — and yet are never late!”
The King County Community Court, a collaboration between King County District Court, the City of Redmond and the King County Library System, was recently highlighted on KING 5 news. The article and video explained how this new court, set up at the Redmond Library, encourages non-violent offenders to seek help and rebound from their mistakes. “We’re holding people accountable, but at the same time, concurrently, allowing them to rehabilitate themselves in hopes that they will not come back into the system,” said Judge Lisa Paglisotti, who oversees the King County Community Court. View the full article and watch the video… Read More
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 DPER during June 2017. Today, 45 percent of payments received for permits are made with Visa credit cards. Kudos, DPER!