Keeping King County safe and moving during the winter storm 

View the video below to see Executive Dow Constantine provide an overview of the actions King County is taking to keep the region safe and moving during the biggest winter storm in years.  This video includes footage of Executive Dow Constantine meeting with King County  Metro vehicle maintenance employees, Facilities Maintenance Division employees, and staff at the Emergency Operations Center. He also visited the new Jefferson Day Center, which is operated by the Salvation Army through a contract with King County Department of Community and Human Services. 

Executive visits employees helping to keep County agencies open and staffed 

Our Facilities Management Division (FMD) employees have been working hard to remove snow and ice from about 40 buildings, ensuring access is safe for community members and staff. These employees have been working eight days straight with 4 a.m. start times to clear paths around our facilities. Their work has kept buildings safe, and dealt with blown tires and rough roads during poor conditions. They have worked collaboratively with leadership and other agencies while staying overnight, away from their families. To thank them for their continued dedication, King County Executive Dow Constantine stopped by for a… Read More

Thank you for your service in difficult conditions

Dear fellow King County employee, As our region continues to dig out of this week’s snow storm, I want to recognize and thank our employees for reporting to work in snowy, icy, and very cold conditions Sunday night, Monday, and Tuesday morning. When our customers needed us, to get them home or to work, to clear a path for them on the roads, to provide the services and care they count on, these employees went above and beyond to deliver great service. Difficult times and trying conditions often bring out the best… Read More

Executive Constantine joined 1,000 volunteers for Count Us In, the annual point-in-time count for people experiencing homelessness 

King County Executive Dow Constantine joined more than 1,000 volunteers, including several members of his Senior Leadership Team, in the early hours of Friday, Jan, 25, for Count Us In, the annual point-in-time county of people experiencing homelessness throughout King County.   Watch this short video as the Executive talks about the importance of this event and some of the things that King County is doing to tackle homelessness.

New Senior Leadership Team video featuring Dwight Dively, Director, Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget 

We’ve been featuring the members of Executive Constantine’s Senior Leadership Team in a new video series, and the latest video with Dwight Dively, Director of the Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget, is now available.  In this video we spotlight Dwight, 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 and Chief People Officer Whitney Abrams, and see all the videos on this webpage. Look for the remaining videos over the next couple… Read More

Celebrating another year of achievements

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

Plan ahead, expect delays during SR 99 closure beginning Jan. 11, 2019

Dear fellow King County employee, Starting January 11, 2019, after the evening commute, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will close SR 99 through downtown Seattle for approximately three weeks, and permanently close the SR 99 Viaduct. Additional ramp closures mean this work could create up to six weeks of traffic disruption. No matter how you commute, or where from, you should expect significant delays during these closures and be prepared for crowded buses, trains, water taxis, and light rail. All buses coming into or through downtown Seattle will face delays…. Read More

Executive meets with employees from Native American Leadership Council  

King County Executive Dow Constantine recently met with employees from the County’s Native American Leadership Council (NALC) to learn about their experiences as employees, what the County can do to bring more Native American employees into its workforce and help them advance, and how the County can be more effective in serving Native people in local communities.  At his November 19 Employee Listening Session, Executive Constantine discussed a wide range of issues with Tristen Gardner from the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program, Andy Boland from Parks Division, Natasha Frazier from the Department… Read More

Awards recognize performance excellence at King County 

King County celebrated the best in employee innovation and service excellence at the inaugural Executive’s Performance Excellence Awards, a program created to recognize projects, improvements, and innovations in departments that are driving exceptional, measurable results.  Departments were each asked to submit up to two nominations in five key areas – cost, service, people, equity and social justice, and environment. Fifteen projects – three in each category – were named as finalists for the awards.   The winning workgroups are:  Cost: Fleet Diagnostics (DOT/Fleet)  Service: Missed Trip Reduction (Metro Transit)  People: Part-Time Employment Program… Read More

Exec visits Elections employees on Election Day 

King County Executive Dow Constantine visited King County Elections headquarters in Renton on Election Day as the staff counted ballots. This is the first General Election since he and Director Julie Wise made it possible for King County voters to return ballots without having to pay for postage.