Making a more welcoming downtown civic campus

Updated Sept. 22, 2022 As more employees return to downtown workspaces, additional patrols by King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies around the downtown civic campus are making the area a more welcoming space for employees and community members. Sheriff’s deputies are providing regular patrols on foot and bicycle between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. The three priorities for these patrols are: In addition to public safety, these deputies and sergeants have also helped people who are returning downtown for work and visiting with things like directions to local businesses… Read More

Executive Constantine proclaims Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month

In recognition of the historical, cultural, and economic contributions of the Latinx and Hispanic residents of King County, and the firm commitment by the administration to addressing critical issues for the the Latinx and Hispanic community in the county, Executive Dow Constantine has proclaimed September 15 through October 15 as Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month. Read the full proclamation below.

Professional Development Scholarship Program: Individual Development Plan

By Travis Gershaneck, Veteran Fellow, Department of Human Resources The first application period for the Coalition Labor Agreement Professional Development Scholarship Program is quickly approaching. The first period opens on Jan. 9, 2023, but it is recommended to have information for your application materials prepared well ahead of time. The completion of an Individual Development Plan (IDP) is not required to apply for this scholarship, but it is strongly recommended. The IDP is a roadmap that you create to identify your career goals, how to achieve them and how you will apply… Read More

Tech Tip: Manage IT tickets with KCIT’s new omni-channel chatbot, capable of voice or text responses

KCIT and Amazon are now piloting an exciting new automated chatbot option that lets you quickly and easily manage your IT Helpdesk tickets – without waiting to speak with a live technician. Watch this 5-minute video to see how Executive Branch employees can ask the chatbot to check the status of their open tickets, close a ticket, request a priority escalation, add a note for the technician, or transfer to a live agent. The chatbot will even answer frequently asked questions! The new chatbot is now available to serve you 24 hours a… Read More

Discounted tickets for Seattle Thunderbirds Hockey Club opening night, Oct. 1

King County employees are invited to join the Seattle Thunderbirds as they open their defense of the Western Conference Championship at the Accesso ShoWare Center, in Kent. King County employees receive a $30 ticket for only $20, plus a small service fee. Purchase discounted tickets here. Enter the discount password: county. For more information, contact Cory Howerton at 253-856-6844. See all available King County employee discounts on the Employee Discount webpage.

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and it’s a reminder for all of us of the importance of checking in on each other and seeking support in times of crisis. This year, the new 988 number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline went into effect. Too many people are experiencing suicidal crisis or mental health-related distress without the support and care they need, and sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic only increased the mental health challenges we face. 988 offers 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress. That… Read More

Robert Dargan, Metro’s 2022 Vehicle Maintenance Employee of the Year

Cross-posted from Metro Matters King County Metro recently announced Robert Dargan as the 2022 Vehicle Maintenance Employee of the Year. He began his career with King County in May 1999 as Transit Mechanic and has been providing excellent service at King County Metro in this position. Dargan was surprised with the honor at a ceremony at Metro’s East Base by King County Executive Dow Constantine, Metro General Manager Terry White, and Vehicle Maintenance leadership staff. Read more.

Is your information correct in PeopleSoft?

Benefits Open Enrollment is Nov. 1-15 and it’s important that you review and update your personal information in PeopleSoft to ensure you receive announcements. You can also update your emergency contact information, receive important updates, and select the email address where you prefer to receive information. Got to ess.kingcounty.gov and select Personal Details to make sure all items are up to date. For login help, call the IT Service Center at 206-263-4357.

September is Nationial Recovery Month — Join Us as #KingCountyGoesPurple

National Recovery Month celebrates all those on a recovery journey and spreads a message of hope to people, families, and communities. At King County Department of Community and Human Services, particularly the Behavioral Health and Recovery Division, our shared vision is to ensure that everyone in King County has a path to achieving and sustaining recovery to live full and healthy lives. Read more.

Husky tickets flash sale for this Saturday, Sept. 17

Michigan State is rolling into Husky Stadium this Saturday, Sept. 17 at 4:30 p.m. and King County employees are eligible for discounted tickets. Click here to save $20 on tickets on the Upper Sideline, and get as close as possible to the action with East Endzone tickets going for just $75. The University of Washington is grateful for all you do and is happy to offer exclusive discounts to those working in our local government. Check out other deals as the Huskies still have Stanford, Arizona, and Colorado on the schedule this season…. Read More