Routine dental care again allowed 

Dentists began seeing patients for routine visits again on May 19. Prior to reopening, dental offices have implemented new protocols, including additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), to further protect the health and safety of you and your family members.  Some employees have reported that their dentists are charging them for the additional PPE needed to prevent the transmission of COVID 19. Delta Dental is now paying dentists an additional amount for each visit to cover the cost of PPE. Covered members are not required to pay any additional charges for PPE. Delta… Read More

Featured Job: COVID Homeless Testing Program Manager (Project / Program Manager III) 

Salary: $87,640.80 – $111,089.89 Annually  Location: Seattle, WA  Job Type: Special Duty Assignment or Term Limited Temp (TLT)  Department: DPH – Public Health  Job Number: 2020NH11771  Division: Community Health Services  Closing: 7/8/2020 11:59 PM Pacific  Learn more about this position or view all available positions. 

COVID-19 update: Increased ridership, restored trips, required masks and face coverings 

Crossposted from Metro Matters  Ridership on King County Metro has increased in recent weeks as more people choose to ride public transportation and the state allows more activities under its “Safe Start” plan. Metro continues to require masks or face coverings be worn on transit. Buses currently have reduced passenger limits to support social distancing and limit the spread of COVID-19.  Metro analyzed preliminary extrapolations to create an unofficial estimate of weekly ridership, which remains lower compared to a year ago but shows early signs of recovery.  Read more. 

July and August Mindfulness Class Schedule now available 

As we continue to maneuver through this very difficult time in our society, it is important that we manage our mental health and stress levels. Balanced You heard from employees that mindfulness classes have helped alleviate some of the anxiety many are experiencing, so we are continuing to provide these classes through August.  What is mindfulness?   Mindfulness is a practice that uses breath work, visualization, and other skills to support you in reducing stress at work and at home. Mindfulness techniques are especially useful now, as we move through the uncertainty of… Read More

Road to Retirement classes offered online, July 8, multiple times 

Are you planning to retire in the next six months? In honor of National Retirement Planning Month and to better fit your schedule, the Road to Retirement class will be offered online at four different times on Wednesday, July 8, being offered at 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7 p.m.  Join your Retirement Team for this informative 90-minute online class. We’ll discuss procedures and forms, medical coverage options, and pension plans—so you’ll be on a smooth road toward a happy retirement.  Please register for a session that works best for you. You will… Read More

Volunteer to be a Ballot Drop Box Closer for August 4 

Looking for some Election Day excitement? Meet your neighbors and continue your commitment to public service by volunteering as a drop box closer. Drop box closers are the friendly face the public sees on Election Day, ensuring that every vote is counted, and every voice is heard.  Who: You and your co-workers  What: Closing ballot drop boxes across King County  When: Election Night – August 4 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Where: A drop box location near you  Most voters wait until Election Day to return their ballots and drop boxes are often busiest in the last… Read More

Emergency Operation Center experiences dual activation 

Already activated in February for COVID-19, King County had a dual activation of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) from May 30 through June 7 in response to protests over the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  “Dual activations are very rare anywhere, and they’re tough,” said Brendan McCluskey, Emergency Management Director. “Staff rose to the challenge. We had to keep track of both situations, including resources and costs. We had more people in the EOC and had the need for physical distancing with COVID-19.”  On a few occasions, the King County EOC… Read More

King County GreenTools Program “sheroes” honored by the US Green Building Council for equity and social justice work 

The US Green Building Council honors King County “Women in Green Sheroes” for advancing equity and social justice through sustainable development, green building, and community empowerment.  For their efforts to advance equity and social justice through the sustainable development work carried out under King County’s GreenTools Program, Solid Waste Division employees Patti Southard and Nori Catabay were honored as “Women in Green Sheroes for Economic Empowerment in the Pacific Region” by the US Green Building Council. “Everyone in King County deserves access to a healthy community where people, businesses and the environment can thrive,” said… Read More

Featured Job: Administrative Project Coordinator 

Salary: $32.92 Hourly  Location: Seattle, WA  Job Type: Short Term Temporary, Part Time, Std Wkly Hrs Vary  Department: KCC – King County Council  Job Number: 2020-11772  Division: Office of Indep Oversight  Closing: 6/30/2020 11:59 PM Pacific  Learn more about this position or view all available positions. 

Pet of the Week: Coco 

Summer is nearly here – and our Pet of the Week Coco is ready for some outdoor fun with you!  This young German Shepherd/Akita mix is energetic, playful, and loving – so he’s one of our “Rambunctious Red” pets. Coco is a very smart dog who is learning how to “sit.” Though Coco may come off as seeming uninterested, he simply needs some time to warm up before being your best friend. Given his boundless energy, Coco would do best with lots of exercise as well as brain games such as puzzle… Read More