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.

Exec discusses Zero Youth Detention on King County Connects 

Could there be a time when we no longer need to incarcerate youth? Executive Constantine outlines his plan to help the County reach its goal of Zero Youth Detention in this episode of King County Connects.

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