DAJD recognizes standout employees at annual Awards Ceremony 

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.

Meet the winners of the 2018 Performance Excellence Awards

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

Kudos! Water Taxi receives rave from Seattle Times readers  

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!”

Kudos! King County Community Court featured on King 5! 

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

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 DPER during June 2017.  Today, 45 percent of payments received for permits are made with Visa credit cards. Kudos, DPER!

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 ridership record during Sub Pop Records’ 30th anniversary celebration on Alki Beach, working with event organizers to provide additional service for the biggest one-day event in West Seattle’s history. It is the latest milestone for King County’s water… Read More

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 battle for voting rights in this country. They aired on a variety of digital platforms. “We wanted to send the message that your vote matters and you shouldn’t take it for granted,” said Director of Elections, Julie… Read More

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 the Accelerator YMCA program that serves homeless youth and young adults. Staff worked from 10 a.m. to about 2 p.m. at a group home in Shoreline that needed help with gardening, weeding, raking, pruning, laying bark, cleaning… Read More

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 plant had to operate around the clock for the entire year with no violations of any kind. In addition to meeting or exceeding effluent pollution removal requirements, the plant operations also flawlessly complied with monitoring and reporting… Read More

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