2022 Employee Engagement Survey results

Dear fellow King County employee, In March 2022, two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, 8,300 employees shared their experiences of working at King County in the 2022 Employee Engagement Survey. Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. As we work to create a truly welcoming, supportive, and respectful workplace, your responses in the survey are central to realizing this goal. The last two years have been a period of unprecedented stress, uncertainty, and change. The pandemic has had a huge impact on so many aspects of our personal and… Read More

King County: Government 101 

Girmay Zahilay, King County Councilmember District 2, recently made a video about the difference between city government and county government. It is a simple, straight-forward, and affable piece that helps break down how King County serves and represents residents in the wide variety of urban, suburban, rural, and unincorporated areas. It’s not required viewing for King County employees, but it is a good resource to share with friends, family, and strangers who might wonder how county government is different from city government. Click here to watch the video.

Executive Constantine delivers 2022 State of the County address

Focusing on four priority pillars of work, King County Executive Dow Constantine recently delivered the 2022 State of the County to the King County Council. The address reflected on both the achievements of the last year and the opportunities ahead. Executive Constantine laid out past successes and future actions in the critical areas of homelessness, public safety and the criminal legal system, anti-racism and pro-equity policies and investments, and environmental conservation and climate change. He also spoke to the ongoing work related to public health, transit, and the creative economy as King… Read More

Innovation Award for Service honorees

The Innovation Award for Service goes to the Department of Community and Human Services/Developmental Disabilities and Early Childhood Supports Division – Refugee Resettlement Hotel. Hundreds of Afghan refugees evacuated to King County when U.S. troops withdrew from Afghanistan and needed temporary housing while they resettled. The Developmental Disabilities and Early Childhood Supports Division collaborated with multiple King County departments and community partners to quickly turn a county-owned hotel into safe, welcoming, and culturally respectful housing for our Afghan refugee neighbors. Click here to read more and watch the video.  Each year, Executive Constantine… Read More

Innovation Award for Cost honorees

Each year, Executive Constantine holds the Performance Excellence Awards, which honor employees and workgroups at King County for their exceptional contributions to performance, leadership, and innovation. These leaders embody the Executive Branch values and strive to reach our True North: Making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. This year’s recipient for the Innovation Award for Cost is the Department of Executive Services/Business and Finance Operations/Procurement and Payables Section – Strategic Sourcing Program. Residents rely on King County government to be a responsible steward of resources. To ensure the county gets the… Read More

Innovation Award for People

Part of the Executive’s Performance Excellence Awards, the Innovation Award for People goes to the Department of Executive Services/Fleet Services – Apprenticeship Program. Fleet Services was having trouble finding candidates with sufficient skills for heavy-duty technician positions, leading to staff shortages and delays in maintaining King County roads. The division created an apprenticeship program that allowed the county to grow a skilled workforce from within, and gave apprentices the opportunity to become career-service employees. Click here to learn more about this award and watch the video.

Watch the 2022 State of the County address Tuesday, May 24 at 1 p.m.

King County Executive Dow Constantine will deliver his 2022 State of the County address at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, and employees are invited to watch the address live from their workstations. You can watch Executive Constantine’s address streaming live on this webpage and on KCTV Channels 22 and 322 (HD). The Executive’s remarks will begin a little after 1 p.m. Every year, during the State of the County address, Executive Constantine discusses the condition of our County and outlines his legislative agenda and priorities to the people of King County. Video and the text of… Read More

Congratulations to the 2021 Executive’s Performance Excellence Awards honorees

Several King County leaders today announced the honorees for the 2021 Executive’s Performance Excellence Awards in a series of videos, recognizing employees and teams for their exceptional contributions to performance, leadership, service, and innovation to better serve our residents. “I established these awards back in 2018 to honor employees and workgroups for their exceptional contributions to performance, leadership, and innovation,” Executive Constantine said in his introduction to the awards. “Recognizing great work is important; and celebrating the people behind the great work is even more important; and that’s exactly what’s behind the… Read More

Executive Constantine thanks retiring Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention director John Diaz and names successor

Executive Constantine announced that John Diaz, Director of the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention (DAJD), will retire in late June following a distinguished three-year tenure that included unprecedented changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. A former Seattle police chief, Diaz joined DAJD as interim director in April 2019 and assumed the director position that August. Executive Constantine has appointed Juvenile Division Director Allen Nance to take over the role. Read the full announcement here.

Anita Khandelwal reappointed to lead Department of Public Defense

King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the reappointment of Anita Khandelwal to continue serving as director of Department of Public Defense, a critical position to ensure equity and justice in the criminal legal system. The department provides legal defense to any person charged with a crime or facing a loss of liberty who cannot afford an attorney, representing more than 15,000 individuals last year. Read the announcement here.