Megan Pedersen appointed as temporary Special Deputy for King County correctional facilities

Executive Constantine has appointed Megan Pedersen, current Director of the Office of Labor Relations, to serve as a temporary Special Deputy to the Executive, stepping into the role immediately to provide additional support in implementing critical actions and improvements related to staffing, operations, and health and safety in King County correctional facilities. Read more.

Executive Constantine announces a combined $8.2 million for community-led projects

King County Executive Dow Constantine recenlty announced two grant funds worth a combined $8.2 million for 37 community-led projects that will increase access to open space and parks, expand recreational facilities, and help protect and restore floodplain habitat. The King County Council approved the plan to allocate both grants, which are funded by the voter-approved King County Parks Levy. Read more.

Executive Constantine announces King County’s first-ever Wildfire Risk Reduction Strategy

King County has developed its first-ever Wildfire Risk Reduction Strategy, a set of 12 recommended actions to improve preparedness, response, and recovery as the region experiences hotter, drier summers due to climate change. The strategy’s recommended actions are organized around three guiding priorities: Make King County forests more resilient to wildfire, reduce risks to communities and infrastructure in the wildland-urban interface, and enhance emergency response. Read more.

Executive Constantine announces coalition to tackle behavioral health crisis in King County

A coalition of elected leaders, health care professionals, crisis responders and community organizations announced they will develop a broad policy approach to improving the state of behavioral health availability and sustainability for King County. Read more.

Executive Constantine congratulates KCIT on national award

King County Executive Dow Constantine emailed KCIT employees today to congratulate them on being named the nation’s #1 Top Digital County by the Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo).   “This is the second year in a row that KCIT has received this prestigious award, and it is a recognition of everything you do to help us improve the way we work, collaborate, and connect with residents,” Executive Constantine told KCIT employees. “This award is a recognition of your hard work and innovative thinking, and the… Read More

Executive Constantine demonstrates progress on making region’s treatment plant more resilient to climate impacts

As King County hosts a four-day national conference of clean water agencies, Executive Dow Constantine showed progress toward making the region’s wastewater treatment system more resilient to climate impacts. King County crews are preparing to install on-site batteries at West Point Treatment Plant, providing operators with an uninterruptable power supply when voltage sags occur. It’s the latest in a series of improvements to make the 56-year-old treatment plant more resilient to climate impacts. Read more.

Public advisory committee and reorganization for King County Sheriff’s Office under new plan

Executive Dow Constantine and King County Sheriff Patti Cole-Tindall announced new plans and updates for the vision, structure, and community engagement of the King County Sheriff’s Office, including the creation of a community advisory board. Read more.

Celebrating Disability Pride and people with disabilities

Dear fellow King County employee, July is Disability Pride Month, a time to celebrate the pride people with disabilities have in themselves and their many successes and contributions to our workforce and community. Disability Pride Month coincides with the anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, better known as the ADA. The ADA has created civil rights protections and better access for people with disabilities. Disability Pride builds upon the legacy of the ADA with the demand for visibility, acknowledgement, and acceptance from society. Disability spans all… Read More

Executive Constantine, Mayor Harrell appoint experienced leader as Director of Public Health

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell have appointed Dr. Faisal Khan, a 25-year leader in public health at global, state and local levels – as the Director of Public Health – Seattle & King County. “Dr. Khan has the experience and expertise to lead Public Health into the next phase, and he brings a fresh perspective to serving the people of King County,” said Executive Constantine. “We look forward to his leadership as our dedicated employees continue our national reputation for excellence in public health and health equity… Read More

A shameful day in our nation’s history

By Dow Constantine, King County Executive This morning’s ruling by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade is the culmination of a decades-long strategy by right-wing zealots to strip the essential right to abortion care from millions of Americans.  On a personal level, I am outraged that my daughter will come of age in a society that treats her as a second-class citizen, without authority even over her own body; in a country that lacks basic supports for families, like universal paid family leave and affordable access to quality child care;… Read More