King County Executive visits Wastewater Treatment Division 

On the final day of one of the rainiest months in the region’s recorded history, King County Executive Dow Constantine took a day-long tour of several wastewater treatment facilities. He was able to meet employees who work on the front lines, keeping treatment plants and pump stations operating 24/7 under adverse winter conditions. He started in Georgetown where construction of a major new facility, the Georgetown Wet Weather Treatment Station, is underway. It will treat polluted stormwater that currently flows directly into the Duwamish River during severe rainstorms. Afterwards, he was briefed on… Read More

Focus on values: We lead the way

Dear employee, “We lead the way” is an attitude that we bring to our work, and one of our eight Executive Branch values. Everything that we accomplish is due to your hard work and innovative thinking, and as an organization, we are creating a culture where you feel empowered to push for new and better ways of doing things. As we focus on our “We lead the way” value this month, please take a moment to watch the “We lead the way” video. Your supervisor will make time to discuss what this… Read More

Walking the streets for Count Us In 2020 

King County Executive Dow Constantine joined hundreds of volunteers, including many King County employees, for the annual Point in Time Count.  “Many of us know how seeing homelessness makes us feel—but it’s vital that we also see the first-hand experience of homelessness and what our unsheltered neighbors are up against every day,” Executive Constantine said. “Joined by hundreds of volunteers, service providers, and lawmakers, we walked the streets early on the morning of January 24 to collect data about the needs of our unsheltered population.” 

Resilience and strength in the face of violence

Dear fellow King County employee, A shooting occurred during yesterday’s evening commute in downtown Seattle, leaving one person dead and multiple people with injuries. It was the third shooting in two days within a several-block radius of downtown. These events strike us all deeply – as residents, commuters, and public servants. Everyone deserves to feel safe. As we process this string of violent incidents, we must support each other, and appreciate the collective trauma that gun violence inflicts upon the entire community. As always, King County employees displayed laudable courage and exemplary… Read More

Thank you for another year of remarkable achievements 

Dear fellow King County employee, Everywhere you look King County is moving forward. We are growing, we are building, and we are leading. And it is your efforts – and those of each of our King County colleagues – that are moving us forward and helping us build on our progress and successes. Thanks to your talent, creativity, and hard work these last 12 months, we were able to deepen our investments, open new facilities, and rethink how we provide even more effective services. What we achieved together this year is remarkable,… Read More

Focus on values: We focus on the customer

Dear employee, As public servants, “We focus on the customer” is not only one of our core values – it’s also part of every employee’s work, whether their customer is a member of the public, or another county employee. Over the past eight years, through training, collaborating, and learning from employees about their experiences and challenges, we’ve created a common understanding of what excellent customer service looks like in King County. There are of course minor variations between departments due to different mandates and regulatory roles, yet we all have a common… Read More

Nominate team members for 2019 Performance Excellence Awards 

Nominations are now being accepted for the Executive’s second-annual Performance Excellence Awards.  The recognition program – the first of its kind at the County – honors employees and workgroups for their exceptional contributions in performance, leadership, and innovation. Anyone in the Executive Branch can nominate a team or individual for a Performance Excellence Award until Jan. 10. You’ll find information about the awards here, including nomination categories, criteria, and forms. Executive Constantine introduced the Performance Excellence Awards last year, and five teams were recognized for their outstanding performance in 2018. The awards program… Read More

Celebrating Native American Awareness Month in King County

Dear King County employee, November is Native American Awareness Month in King County, a time for us to celebrate the history, culture, and many contributions of Native people throughout our region and here at King County. We are on the ancestral lands of the Muckleshoot, Snoqualmie, Puyallup, Tulalip, and Suquamish Tribes, and the Duwamish people. And our community is home to a large population of Native people from Tribal nations across the country. Together with our Tribal partners we are advancing efforts to preserve open space, restore critical habitat, and save Orca… Read More

Focus on values: We are one team

Dear employee, What do you think of when you hear the words “We are one team?” For me, “We are one team” is about strong relationships, trust, respect, and diversity: Our relationships with one another are crucial to our success. We all rely on one another to get our work done. Each of us brings unique skills and experiences to our teams. We come from different backgrounds and places. The more we get to know one another – what we like, our communication style, what we do outside of work – the… Read More

Thanking our veterans for their service

Dear fellow King County employee, Every year, we dedicate November 11 as a day to honor America’s veterans. For more than 100 years we have joined together to salute the brave individuals who have served in our nation’s armed forces, placing themselves in harm’s way to protect our freedom and security. King County is home to some 115,000 veterans of all ages. Among their number are 1,277 people we work beside every day, fellow King County employees in every branch and department of King County government who have served or are currently… Read More