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 to get emergency medications or vaccinations. The premier public health publication, American Journal of Public Health, included an article about the innovative use of these comics in its July issue, Medical Countermeasure Comics: Visualizing a Public Health… Read More

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 off Washington state’s San Juan Island, preparing if needed to test-feed the critically endangered orca a day after injecting it with medicine. By early afternoon, it appeared the 3½-year-old female orca called J50 was too far north… Read More

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 were methodical, professional and skilled in doing the move job. IT team members were patient, calm and very helpful. The DPD Operations team and FMD team members were busy answering questions and helping staff find their offices and items. Due… Read More

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 best among the largest transit agencies in North America. All of you—our 4,800 employees—earned this honor through your hard work, exceptional customer service, and innovations in service and technology. I am immensely proud to be part of… Read More

Kudos! to Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent

The U.S. Census Bureau returned to MRJC last month to conduct a Community Survey of sampled inmates. The Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention facilities are periodically selected for the surveys, and DAJD makes special efforts to facilitate. DAJD received this written Thank You from the interviewer, a field representative from the Los Angeles Regional Office of the American Community Survey: Thank you for all your help in accomplishing the American Community Survey at MRJC today. It is always a pleasure to deal with your community of dedicated and efficient professionals. Your… Read More

Kudos! to Public Health’s King County Vital Statistics team at Harborview Medical Center

Catherine Hinrichsen reached out to Executive Constantine and King County on Twitter after having had a great customer experience with the Vital Stats team at Harborview Medical Center. “Wish all interactions with local govt agencies were like this. Thanks to you & staff!” Kudos, Vital Stats!

Kudos! to DNRP’s Solid Waste Division

The Solid Waste Association of North America announced last month SWD’s Factoria Replacement Project is the recipient of the SWANA Gold Excellence Award in the Transfer Station category. The King County Solid Waste Division has received national recognition for its newest recycling and transfer station, which advances the division’s commitment to environmentally and economically sound solid waste management. The new station replaces the old with a 78,200-square-foot LEED gold facility. Constructed in four phases and sequenced, the facility maintained service to customers throughout construction. The winners will be acknowledged and awarded at… Read More

Metro driver Mark George honored for pulling two people from burning vehicle

Crossposted from Metro Matters By Scott Gutierrez, King County DOT King County Metro bus driver Mark George didn’t hesitate when two people in a burning car needed his help. On the evening of May 12, George was driving his usual route near the Eastgate Park-and-Ride when an oncoming vehicle lost control while turning and collided with the side of his bus. The car ricocheted into a boulder wall and caught fire. George quickly checked on his passengers and rushed to the other vehicle with a fire extinguisher. He doused smoke rising from… Read More

Parks Specialist Anthony Haapasaari awarded Polish Armed Forces Medal

Anthony Haapasaari is a Parks Specialist with King County Parks’ South Trails Crew, and he recently received the Polish Armed Forces Medal during a visit to Seattle by Major General Cezary Wiśniewski, Defence Attaché at the Embassy of the Polish Republic in Washington D.C. “Receiving this award was a very humbling experience,” said Haapasaari. “It recognizes the work I have been doing at public events and military ceremonies here in Seattle and Vancouver, Canada to commemorate and increase awareness and appreciation of the heroic – yet little known – contributions of the… Read More

Kudos! to Parks and Metro for Trailhead Direct recognitions in Seattle Magazine

Seattle Magazine ran a great Northwest Travel and Outdoors feature story covering Parks’ and Metro’s Trailhead Direct program. With the support of sponsors REI Co-op and Clif Bar, and many partners throughout the region, Trailhead Direct eases vehicle congestion, reduces safety hazards and expands access to hiking destinations along I-90. Seattle Magazine’s piece provides a great overview, a little bit of history, a few impressive KPIs, and news that the program is gaining the attention of other municipalities. Kudos, Parks and Metro!