2020 Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Jan. 16   

Community members and King County employees are invited to join in  honoring our nation’s foremost human rights leader and King County’s namesake, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The theme for the 2020 Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is “Yes, we are on the move and no wave of racism can stop us. We are on the move now.” They keynote address will be given by john a. powell, Director, Othering & Belonging Institute, University of California, Berkeley. The program also includes music and spoken word.   Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020,  noon to 1 p.m.,… Read More

Are you ready for winter weather? 

Crossposted from King County Emergency News  Pacific Northwest winters can bring rain, wind and power outages, cold and icy roads, and sometimes, snow flurries or epic snowstorms. Are you ready for whatever Mother Nature has in store?  Winter weather preparedness includes three simple steps:  Build a kit. Create an emergency preparedness kit with at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water for your home, office and car.  Read more from King County Emergency News

Featured Job: Business and Finance Officer II 

Salary: $76,689.39 – $97,208.38 Annually  Location: Seattle, WA  Job Type: Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week  Department: DCHS – Community & Human Services  Job Number: 2019SC10987  Closing: 12/23/2019 11:59 PM Pacific  Learn more about this position or view all available positions. 

Pet of the Week: Pepper 

Crossposted from Tails from RASKC  Put some spice into your life – adopt Pepper, our Pet of the Week!  This six-year-old female shorthair cat has a “Bashful Blue” personality, meaning she is a gentle and loving cat who likes to take things slow. Pepper may get nervous in new situations, so she is looking for a family who understands that she might need some time to warm up. Once this girl comes out of her shell, she is such a sweetheart!  Read more from Tails from RASKC

King County Wins I-976 Preliminary Injunction 

Crossposted from Metro Matters  Over the past few weeks, King County joined with other plaintiffs to challenge Initiative 976, which reduces car tab fees and cuts transportation and transit projects across the state. The county’s lawsuit sought an injunction to halt the immediate and irreparable harms of an initiative that violates the state constitution.  Read more  from Metro Matters

Five questions with Jesse Kent, Project/Program Manager III, Department of Local Services  

When did you start in your role with King County, and what is your official title?  I started at King County in March 2019. I am the Manager for the Service Partnership Program within the Department of Local Services (DLS). The department works to ensure the local service needs of unincorporated communities are met. We have created service partnerships with other King County departments to help determine needs, better coordinate services, and monitor service delivery in the unincorporated areas. These partnerships help to define the relationship, services and processes in unincorporated King… 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

Giving Tuesday: Make a Difference Today and All Year Long

As our Annual Giving Drive winds down, you can still make a difference through the Employee Giving Program. Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving powered by social media and collaboration. To join the movement, and make it easy to give all year round, we’ve reopened the online pledging system for payroll donations for one day only! Give now. More than 500 past contributors have yet to renew payroll for 2020. Renewal is easy — but not automatic. Renew now. If you’ve already pledged — thank you for your generosity! On… Read More

KCIT update: Transitioning to Windows 10 

The push to upgrade all Windows 7 operating system computers to Windows 10 operating systems continues, and King County Information and Technology (KCIT) is on track to meet a Jan. 14 Microsoft deadline. On that date, Microsoft will stop supporting the Windows 7 system. Only a limited number of county devices will be allowed to continue with the Windows 7 system, as they run specialized software not compatible with the Windows 10 system.  Because of the switchover to Windows 10, KCIT will not allow devices with the Windows 7 system to connect… Read More

Metro’s updated web-based Trip Planner offers better searching, real-time departure predictions, plus a whole lot more! 

Crossposted from Metro Matters  King County Metro continues making your transit experience better and easier with the launch of its improved web-based Puget Sound Trip Planner. The new site includes upgraded accessibility features and a responsive design for mobile users, along with a list of other notable enhancements. The new web-based Trip Planner is live and ready for use now.  Read more from Metro Matters