Exec drops by to congratulate new Department of Human Resources

King County Executive Dow Constantine dropped by the Human Resources Division All Hands meeting last week to congratulate employees on being members of the newest King County department: the Department of Human Resources (DHR). The County Council recently approved the Executive’s proposal for the new department, and on October 8, confirmed Jay Osborne (pictured below with the Executive reviewing DHR’s “Garden of Hopes”) as the department’s first director. The Department of Human Resources brings together the Human Resources Division, The Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution, and selected staff from Benefits, Payroll, Retirement Operations (BPROS),… Read More

Invite the Exec to Walk in your Shoes

Dear King County employee, If you are doing a job that you think I should experience as part of the Walk in the Shoes of a County Employee competition, please submit an invitation. I look forward to new opportunities to see more of our diverse lines of business and meet the people who serve the residents and customers of King County. Your pride in your work and dedication to serve is inspiring. I look forward to your invitation to walk in your shoes. Again, here is the submission form. Sincerely,     Dow Constantine King County… Read More

New package of emergency housing strategies in time for winter

Dear fellow King County employee, Today I am announcing a series of innovative actions to provide housing and services for the most vulnerable people in our community, and help them get on a path to permanent, stable housing. Throughout King County government, we are constantly asking: what resources can we leverage to help people off the streets? What innovations can we deploy? What new approach can we try? These questions become all the more urgent as the days become shorter and colder. The actions I am announcing today will help bring more… Read More

Leo Flor appointed Director of the Department of Community and Human Services

Dear fellow King County employee, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Leo Flor as our new Director of the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS). His appointment is subject to Council confirmation. Leo was the successful candidate from our nationwide recruitment for the new director. He currently serves as Director of DCHS’ Community Services Division, overseeing services that connect people to employment, support military veterans and their families, and ensure that older adults can live with dignity. Prior to that he managed the successful effort to renew the Veterans,… Read More

Leadership transitions at King County 

Executive Constantine and his Senior Leadership Team have recently announced a number of leadership changes at King County departments: Earlier today Executive Constantine announced his appointment of Anita Khandelwal as Director of the King County Department of Public Defense. Khandelwal’s appointment is subject to Council approval. Anita has served as the DPD Interim Director since July. Prior to that she served as the department’s Deputy Director of Law and Policy. She joined DPD in November 2015 and has been practicing law for more than a decade.   Yesterday Executive Constantine appointed John… Read More

October is Disability Awareness Month in King County

Dear fellow King County employee, October is Disability Awareness Month in King County, a time to celebrate and recognize the many contributions of people with disabilities in our community and around the world. It’s also a time to raise awareness about challenges that people with disabilities face and look at what we can do to help them thrive and fulfill their potential. Everyone deserves a fair shot at success. We are all better off when everyone has an equitable opportunity to fully participate in our community and contribute their unique perspectives and… Read More

Executive Constantine names new Deputy Chief Operating Officer to serve as interim jail director

Brenda Bauer, former city manager for the City of Bainbridge Island and director of the City of Seattle’s Fleets and Facilities Department, will join the Executive’s Office as Deputy Chief Operating Officer. Now serving as director of the King County Road Services Division, Bauer will report to Chief Operating Officer Casey Sixkiller. Following the announcement that Department of Adult & Juvenile Detention Director William Hayes will retire at the end of October, Bauer agreed to serve as interim director until the position is filled on a permanent basis. A national search is… Read More

An honest, open look at progress of our Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan

Dear fellow King County employee, King County has just launched a new public reporting website for our Equity and Social Justice 2016-2022 Strategic Plan to help us monitor, track and share our work to advance equity and social justice in our community. Unlike most governments that use websites as a trophy case to highlight success and ignore challenges, we are offering a comprehensive, transparent view of our work. I invite you to explore this new site; you will see that we are not tackling only the easy-to-fix problems and, consistent with that, we… Read More

New Departments and Leadership Transitions

Dear fellow King County employee, I am grateful and inspired by the many years of service and accomplishments by members of the County leadership team. I want to let you know about a number of transitions taking place as we establish the Metro Transit Department, the Department of Human Resources, and the Department of Local Services, as well as other key leadership changes. As you may have heard, in August the Council approved my proposal to create the new Metro Transit Department and confirmed my nomination of Rob Gannon as the director…. Read More

Employee Survey coming spring 2019

Dear fellow King County employee, Through our Investing in YOU work we’re continuing to build a workplace where you have the tools, support, and opportunity to do your best work. For the past three years we’ve used the annual Employee Engagement Survey to hear from you about how can we make King County a better place to work, and how we can provide services more effectively to our residents. Using what we’ve learned on our engagement journey and in response to your feedback, we’re making improvements to the engagement survey process. First,… Read More