One King County for ending sexual exploitation and trafficking

Dear fellow King County employee, We’re fortunate to have a talented workforce dedicated to making King County a more just, more equitable community – a place where people’s rights are protected and everyone has the opportunity to achieve his or her full potential in life. As we showed when we helped nearly 200,000 residents sign up for affordable health insurance, we’re most effective at improving people’s lives when we work together as One King County to achieve a common goal. Now, I want to apply that same collective approach to confront a… Read More

Walk in the Shoes of a County Employee – Jacquie Hermer, Public Health Nurse

For my most recent Walk in the Shoes of a County Employee, I visited Jacquie Hermer, a Registered Nurse in Public Health – Seattle & King County’s Nurse Family Partnership Program (NFP). The program pairs young, low-income, first-time moms with registered nurses from pregnancy through the critical first 24 months of a child’s life. That collaboration helps transform the lives of the mothers and their children, providing support and parenting guidance for a healthy pregnancy, and the best possible start in life for the baby. This program aligns with two important areas… Read More

Executive meets with employees, volunteers who are “a voice for children”

In neglect and abuse cases involving children, a vital role is played by a group of volunteers known as CASAs. King County Executive Dow Constantine recently visited some of the employees and volunteers from the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program in Kent to learn more, and thank them for their care and support of children going through traumatic times. A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a trained volunteer who represents the best interests of children up to 11 years old who have allegedly been abused and/or neglected as they are… Read More

Executive brings together funding partners to help maintain public health services in Auburn

King County Executive Dow Constantine today announced that he has brought together funding partners from local cities, tribes, nonprofits, and companies to help maintain services at the Auburn health clinic for the next two years. He will work with the Metropolitan King County Council to identify the additional funds needed to continue operations during the 2015-2016 biennium. The Auburn Public Health Center – which includes satellite offices in Enumclaw and the Muckleshoot Reservation – provides health services to 10,000 clients, 97 percent of whom live below the federal poverty line. The Public… Read More

Ebola outbreak and Annual Giving Drive

Dear fellow King County employee: As you know, the Ebola outbreak has caused devastating loss of life and decimated families in West Africa. The World Health Organization estimates 10,000 new cases of Ebola could occur every week by December if the virus is not contained. With our Public Health department leading the way, we in King County are prepared in the event that the Ebola virus should ever come to Washington State. Our experts tell us that the most effective way to prevent the virus from spreading is to support the communities… Read More

Message from Sheriff John Urquhart and Rhonda Berry, Chief of Operations

Dear Fellow King County employee, King County employees work each and every day to make our community and the world a better place, for ourselves and for our families.  Another way we do that is through our King County Employee Giving Program.  We are very proud to be this year’s Annual Giving Drive Honorary Co-Chairs. The Employee Giving Program empowers each of us to personally connect to causes we care about, such as providing clean air and water, food, shelter, clothing, counsel, comfort or help in times of crisis.  Regardless of what… Read More

Proposed 2015/2016 biennial budget address

Dear fellow King County employee – Here is the full text of the speech I delivered this morning to the King County Council, transmitting the first full biennial budget in county history. You can see the speech in its entirety here. As I told the Councilmembers, a budget is more than just another spreadsheet; its numbers impact the lives of real people. Like I shared with you Friday, I outlined how our revenues are constrained by the state to a level below that of population growth plus inflation. I discussed how the… Read More

Walk in the Shoes of a County Employee – Christopher Skilton, Public Health, Food and Facilities Protection

For the most recent participant in the Walk in the Shoes of a County Employee, I chose Health and Environmental Investigator Cristopher Skilton from the Public Health department’s Food and Facilities Protection section. As someone who enjoys dining across our region, I was interested to spend a few hours with a restaurant health inspector learning how King County works with restaurants to keep the public healthy and safe. As I experienced Chris’ day-to-day routine, I learned that the investigator’s role is much more complex and collaborative than it’s traditionally been. We began… Read More

Executive Constantine, CM Upthegrove join employees for launch of RapidRide F Line

Riders traveling between Burien, SeaTac, Tukwila and Renton now have more frequent all-day bus service with the launch of King County Metro Transit’s RapidRide F Line. The F Line is the sixth line in the RapidRide program – which is supported by state and federal funding – and will replace routes 110 and 140. The 12-mile-long route provides a better link for communities and riders to Westfield Southcenter Mall, Boeing, The Landing and downtown Renton, and major transit hubs including Sound Transit’s Link light rail and Sounder rail stations. King County Executive… Read More

Earth Day 2014: Executive Constantine Employee Message

Dear fellow employee, Earth Day offers us a chance to stop and think about the decisions we can make to protect and sustain our environment, economy and quality of life. At King County many of us get to work on actions to confront climate change not just on Earth Day, but every day: creating walkable and healthy communities, protecting and restoring our forests and farms, providing affordable and convenient commuting options like transit and trails, or supporting waste reduction and recycling. Many work behind the scenes to create energy efficiencies by monitoring and… Read More