King County Personnel Board Election

Dear Colleagues, Today King County Elections mailed ballots for the King County Personnel Board Election. The Personnel Board conducts hearings on appeals of certain county personnel actions. It’s made up of five members, one of which is elected by county career service employees. If you are a career service employee you are eligible to vote for the open position on the King County Personnel Board. Like any other election, your ballot will be mailed to your home address. Ballots must be returned to King County Elections by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June… Read More

King County Executive and employees volunteer at Jefferson Day Center 

Recently, Executive Constantine and members of his office staff volunteered at the Jefferson Day Center.  “We brought and served breakfast and, more importantly, got to spend time with some of our neighbors who we are helping to transition out of homelessness,” he said.”  Hear more about the experience in this video, posted to Executive Constantine’s Facebook. 

Solidarity with our Virginia Beach colleagues

Dear fellow King County employee, On Friday, our nation witnessed another mass shooting, this time at a municipal building in Virginia Beach. Most of the people who lost their lives were public employees, dutifully serving the people of their community. Public service is important work, and it only compounds the tragedy that these individuals died while working to improve the lives of their fellow Virginia Beach residents. Each time a shooting occurs and lives are senselessly cut short, it erodes our sense of safety. Sometimes it is worshipers. Sometimes schoolchildren. This time… Read More

2019 Employee Survey Results

Dear fellow King County employee, Last month in my 2019 State of the County address, I spoke about my “True North,” the simple statement that sums up our work: Making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. The True North is our aspiration for both the people we serve and the people who serve them. Every employee needs to feel welcome here, and have the support and opportunities to grow and thrive in their King County career. Our annual Employee Engagement Survey, part of my Investing in YOU strategy,… Read More

New Senior Leadership Team video featuring Casey Sixkiller, Chief Operating Officer

We’ve been featuring the members of Executive Constantine’s Senior Leadership Team in a new video series, and the latest video with Casey Sixkiller, Chief Operating Officer, is now available. In this video we spotlight Casey, what he does in his role, and what brought him to King County. Click the image below to watch the video. You can also watch the previous videos featuring Chief Performance Officer Gary Kurihara, Chief People Officer Whitney Abrams, and Director of the Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget Dwight Dively, or see all the videos on this webpage. Look for… Read More

2019 State of the County address

Dear fellow King County employee, Yesterday I delivered my 2019 State of the County address at the Preston Community Center in East King County around the theme of our “True North”: Making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. These words sum up all that we’ve been working toward in the almost 10 years that I have served as your County Executive, and what we will continue to focus our efforts on in 2019 and beyond. In my address, I announced a new Public Health model for maternity and… Read More

With one year until Census Day 2020, Executive Constantine, Mayor Durkan, and Seattle Foundation announce first-ever $1 million Regional Census Fund 

Joined by community members at El Centro de la Raza, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan, and Seattle Foundation President and CEO Tony Mestres created the first-ever Regional Census Fund to provide $1 million in funding to help community organizations prepare for the 2020 Census, which will be conducted April 1, 2020. The Regional Census Fund is a $1 million pooled fund that will allocate money to Seattle and King County-based community organizations to help fund outreach and other activities for the United States 2020 Census. Read more in the… Read More

Executive Constantine discusses new labor agreement, importance of strong partnerships in article 

King County Executive Dow Constantine signed a new two-year Total Compensation Agreement this week with leaders of the King County Coalition of Unions representing nearly half of the County’s 14,000 employees, and penned an op-ed article in the Washington State Labor Council’s TheStand.org publication about the agreement.  In the article the Executive talks about significance of the agreement, its key elements, and the importance of King County’s strong relationship with labor.  “I appreciate the value that unions bring to their members and to the broader community,” Executive Constantine wrote. “Our employees are the backbone… Read More

County Council condemns intolerance, supports religious freedom 

They are your co-workers, friends and neighbors. They serve in the military, are in law enforcement and work in King County government. They are Muslims, a faith with over 1-billion worshipers, and they are increasingly under attack.  Responding to the growing acts of religious intolerance not only in King County, but around the world, the Metropolitan King County Council condemned acts of violence against those exercising their constitutionally protected right to worship. The proclamation recognizes the killing of 50 worshipers inside two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15 by a… Read More

King County leaders discuss importance of 2019 Employee Survey

The 2019 King County Employee Survey is now underway, and we’ve asked some County leaders why the survey is important to them and their employees, and how they will act on the results. In this video, we talk to King County Executive Dow Constantine, Chief People Officer Whitney Abrams, Chief Operating Officer Casey Sixkiller, Chief Information Officer Tanya Hannah, Director of the Department of Executive Services Caroline Whalen, King County Elections Director Julie Wise, and King County Assessor John Wilson. The survey runs through Friday, March 29 (March 22 for Metro paper… Read More