Happy Thanksgiving to all our employees

A heartfelt thank you to each and every one of our King County employees. The work you do, supporting one another and enriching our community, makes a real difference in creating a beautiful, welcoming region for everyone to thrive. Enjoy this time with loved ones and know that we appreciate you.

King County’s Peter Keum given state GIS Day award 

Crossposted from GIS & You At the State of Washington GIS Day event in Olympia last week, King County’s Peter Keum was awarded the first ever ‘Government Helping Government GIS Recognition Award.’ The award recognizes extraordinary GIS professionals who work for a government agency, but who go beyond their normal duties and outside their normal working days and hours to help other government agencies in Washington State. Peter was nominated by his peers for volunteer activity that included organizing user groups, promoting the use of drones for spatial data collection by government agencies, and supporting Native American… Read More

Seattle Public Safety Survey runs through Nov. 30 

The City of Seattle is seeking feedback from people working or living in Seattle in its annual Seattle Public Safety Survey.  The survey is conducted independently by Seattle University researchers, and asks a series of questions to determine safety and security concerns in Seattle. The results of the survey will be reported to the Seattle Police Department and “be used in conjunction with crime data to direct Seattle police resources and services to target unique needs of Seattle’s micro-communities,” according to the City of Seattle.  The survey is open to people 18 years of age… Read More

Civil contempt: More than dollars and cents

The Family Support Division (FSD) in the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s office had some good news recently. In the third quarter of 2019, they collected more than $900,000 in child support from non-custodial parents which brings the total collections for 2019 to just over $2.6 million dollars. FSD team members said that this figure is great news for families in our caseload who need the money, but said that focusing on this number is not the most important part of the story.  The backstory  Child support collection has historically been very cold,… Read More

Featured Job: Senior Customer Information Specialist (Sr CIS) 

Salary: $47,340.80 – $67,620.80 Annually  Location: Seattle, WA  Job Type: Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week  Department: MTD – Metro Transit  Job Number: 2019AH10877  Closing: 12/1/2019 11:59 PM Pacific  Learn more about this position or view all available positions. 

Standing room only crowd talks storm season prep 

A record-breaking crowd of 170+ attended the 8th annual Winter Weather Seminar on Oct. 29, hosted by King County Emergency Management and regional service providers. As critical partners in winter weather preparedness, response, and recovery, the event brought together businesses, non-profits, and public professionals to discuss preparations for the coming winter storm season, review lessons learned from “Snowmageddon”, and talk about building partnerships to stay resilient. Fresh on everyone’s mind was flooding on the Tolt and Snoqualmie rivers and forecasts for possible early snow, which may have contributed to the high turnout. Participants were welcomed by King County Executive Dow Constantine… Read More

Be prepared for possible wintry weather

Dear employee, Cold, wintry weather is forecast for this week, with freezing rain and snow possible at higher elevations. While the potential for impacts to business operations are low, please dress warmly and be prepared for possible delays to your commute. Make sure you’re getting the latest King County information at work and at home in the event of inclement weather: Call the Employee Hotline—206-205-8600 (save it to your phone now!). Check your King County email for specific directives and updates. Log on at owa.kingcounty.gov/. Contact your supervisor for instructions. Follow King County on… Read More

King County Metro seeking community input on future RapidRide K Line in Kirkland and Bellevue 

King County Metro invites Kirkland and Bellevue transit riders and residents to take a survey to tell Metro where they want to see high-quality, frequent, and reliable RapidRide bus service from Kirkland to Bellevue. Metro is looking for specific feedback on route options between Totem Lake, downtown Kirkland, and the South Kirkland Park-and-Ride.  In 2025, Metro plans for RapidRide K Line service to connect eastside riders between communities and to Sound Transit’s Link light rail Blue Line, I-405 Bus Rapid Transit, and the RapidRide B Line. Metro is developing RapidRide K Line service for riders in the fast-growing communities between Totem Lake,… Read More

Build partners for Children and Family Justice Center reflect on meaningful project 

Design-build partners Howard S. Wright, HOK, and Integrus Architecture came together to discuss their time working on the Patricia H. Clark Children and Family Justice Center.   A strong team approach is the secret sauce for the success between HSW, HOK, Integrus and the County. “There were so many different folks that actually helped inform the design of the building through the process,” said HOK Senior Design Principal Alan R. Bright. That’s probably been the most joyful part, is people working together to make a difference in this amazing facility.”    Check out the video below to hear… Read More

AGS awards seven Ethical GEO Fellowships, including King County employee 

Crossposted from GIS & You  The American Geographical Society has announced the award of the first seven Ethical GEO Fellowships. Greg Babinski, KCGIS Finance and Marketing Manager within the Department of Information and Technology (KCIT), was honored to be selected as one of the seven Fellows.   The American Geographical Society (AGS) is dedicated to the advancement of geographic thinking, knowledge, and understanding across business, government, academe, social sectors, and most importantly with teachers and students. Established in 1851, AGS is the oldest professional geographical organization in the United States.  Read more from GIS & You