From the Hip: John Starbard, Director, Department of Permitting and Environmental Review

On-line, not in line The Department of Permitting and Environmental Review (“Permitting”), like all County agencies, has been on a years-long journey of continuous improvement. This year, we will be expanding some service enhancements that we launched last year so that nearly every applicant can gain the benefits of easier application. Those enhancements are: 1) adding more permit types that will be available for on-line permitting, and 2) offering credit card payments in the office and on-line. Last March, we launched on-line permitting for a select family of our easiest permits: residential… Read More

Passing of Kenny McCormick, Metro employee and President of ATU Local 587

King County Executive Dow Constantine wrote to employees in the Department of Transportation on the sudden passing of Kenny McCormick, Metro employee and President of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587. You can read the Executive’s message below:  Dear fellow King County employee, This past weekend we lost Kenny McCormick, a long-time Metro employee and President of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587. Kenny was a relentless advocate for the people he worked alongside and the thousands of ATU 587 members who safely get the people of King County where they need to go every day. His mantra… Read More

Honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear fellow King County employee, On Monday, January 16, our nation will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is unique in that it is the only national holiday also designated as a National Day of Service. I hope you will be able to contribute your time and effort on Monday to help your community. You can find more information on volunteer events at (national website) or, locally, at the United Way of King County site, At this time of political upheaval, it is… Read More

Looking forward to 2017 with Executive Dow Constantine

by KingCountyTV   Launching Best Starts for Kids and working with the Trump White House, in this video Enrique Cerna talks with Executive Constantine about challenges and opportunities in the New Year.

County launches Youth and Family Homelessness Prevention Initiative with grants to 27 local agencies; Executive also announces $41M for affordable housing and homeless services

Shared from the DCHS Touching Base Newsletter  The first strategy funded by Best Starts for Kids, the Youth and Family Homelessness Prevention Initiative (YFHPI), was formally launched at a news event on Dec. 15 at Mother Africa in Kent, one of the 27 agencies selected through a competitive process to administer $4 million in funds in the community. The new initiative is designed to help families on the verge of being homeless. The individualized approach is based on a highly successful pilot project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Agencies… Read More

Sixteen remarkable achievements of 2016

King County Executive Dow Constantine just released a slideshow of 16 accomplishments in 2016 which highlight some of the remarkable achievements of King County employees and community partners over the last 12 months. “Your professionalism and passion improves the quality of life in our region,” Executive Constantine said in an email message to employees. “Your good work creates public trust that gives us the opportunity to lead bold initiatives that make even greater progress on the most important issues of our generation, including social justice, climate change and mobility.” You can check out the slideshow of… Read More

2016 Employee Survey results now available

As King County Executive Dow Constantine said in his latest video message, the results of the 2016 Employee Survey are now available. Click here to see the results for the County overall and your department or division. Work group results will be available soon. Over the coming weeks leaders and employees across the County will begin developing action plans to address the issues that employees raised in this year’s survey. Action plans from last year’s survey addressed issues including leadership visibility, career development and work-life balance. To see how action plans from last year’s survey are… Read More

Executive hosts first “Listening Session” to hear directly from employees

If you want to know what’s going on in any organization, you ask the people who are doing the work. That’s why King County Executive Dow Constantine hosted his first Employee Listening Session – to hear from employees about the issues they are facing in their workplaces, and what the County can do to help them thrive and better serve their customers. “Although I visit many King County work sites each month, I still don’t get as many opportunities as I would like to talk directly with individual employees, so I asked… Read More

Thank you for making this recognition possible

Dear fellow King County employee, Each day, you help set an example of what a creative, forward-thinking government can accomplish. You do it not for the public recognition, but for the satisfaction of knowing we’re making our community a better place to live. Still, it’s nice when our work is recognized, particularly on a national stage. Tonight at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., I will receive a Public Official of the Year award from Governing magazine. I will be joined by the Governor of Massachusetts, the Mayor of Denver, and a few… Read More

Governing Magazine names King County Executive Dow Constantine a 2016 Public Official of the Year

Every year since 1994, Governing Magazine has honored individual state and local government officials for outstanding accomplishment by naming them Public Officials of the Year. This year, the magazine named King County Executive Dow Constantine as one of these honorees. Read the article about this honor and his work as King County Executive at Governing Magazine.