Telling the stories of King County employees
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 30th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Thursday, January 12. The event was widely attended and featured guest speakers, live music and group singing. It can be viewed online here. A special thank you goes out to the 2017 King County MLK Celebration Planning Committee. Their hard work throughout the year culminated in a wonderful event, praised by both employees and the public. This internal, ad-hoc committee, a multi-year fixture, is currently made up of members from various departments within King County. It… Read More
King County employees and their covered spouses or partners can enjoy lower out-of-pocket medical expenses in 2018 by participating in Healthy Incentives. This year’s program kicks off on Wednesday, February 1. We are excited to offer most of the same great choices and features as last year, and a couple of new options we think you’ll enjoy. What’s your reason for working toward your health goals? You’re the reason we offer this program – to help you live a long, full life doing what you love. Please contact KC.Benefits or the Healthy Incentives team with any questions.
King County has just launched a new employee emergency notification system called KCInform to help reach employees with important information in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. On January 31, employees should have received an email from firstname.lastname@example.org inviting them to register their personal contact information into KCInform. If you had problems accessing the sign-in page, please try again. “To ensure you don’t miss critical, time-sensitive messages, I am asking you, and all employees, to enter your contact information in KCInform so that you can be contacted in an emergency,”… Read More
Dear fellow King County employee, On Friday, the new President signed an Executive Order that blocks citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, suspends all refugee admissions for 120 days, and indefinitely bans all Syrian refugees. The President’s Order sparked shock, fear and confusion in King County and across the world. It directly impacts people we work alongside, our friends and neighbors in the community, and families and loved ones here and around the world. It shuts the door on people fleeing violence and oppression at a time that… Read More
On-line, not in line The Department of Permitting and Environmental Review (“Permitting”), like all County agencies, has been on a years-long journey of continuous improvement. This year, we will be expanding some service enhancements that we launched last year so that nearly every applicant can gain the benefits of easier application. Those enhancements are: 1) adding more permit types that will be available for on-line permitting, and 2) offering credit card payments in the office and on-line. Last March, we launched on-line permitting for a select family of our easiest permits: residential… Read More
Closing Date/Time: Sun. 03/19/17 11:59 PM Salary: $25.23 – $36.04 Hourly Job Type: Term Limited Temporary, Full Time, 40 hrs/wk Location: Operations & Maintenance Facility – 3407 Airport Way S, Seattle, Washington Department: Department of Transportation – Transit Division Description: King County Metro Transit is a regional leader in helping people move quickly throughout the region, reducing commuter stress, greening the environment and radically improving urban air quality, by providing comfortable, effective transit services for the thousands of commuters and other residents of King County, Washington. Working for Metro means working for a leader in this public transportation industry…. Read More
Crossposted from Public Health Insider We recently launched our first-of-its kind food safety rating system, and we look forward to rolling it out over the course of the next year. One unique component of our approach to providing residents with easy-to-use signage is our adoption of a rating “curve,” or adjustment of ratings by zip code. This new system has raised questions among some food safety advocates. So why are we doing it and how does it work? We sat down with our food program manager, Becky Elias, to get a better understanding of… Read More
Wish more of your money stayed in your pocket? Does it sometimes feel like you don’t have the resources you need to make ends meet? This seminar is presented by HomeStreet Bank to help you learn how to manage your income to meet expenses, ways of setting aside money for savings, setting realistic financial goals and how to create a budgeting action plan. Thursday, February 9, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Chinook Building Thursday, February 16, from noon to 1 p.m. at King Street Center Registration is required. Call 206-628-0207 or go online to www.homestreet.com/KingCo.
Beginning Monday, January 23, there will be increased security presence in the Administration Building. Facilities Management Division (FMD) security officers will be permanently assigned to posts at both the 4th Avenue and 5th Avenue entrances. These officers will also patrol the Administration Building and respond to calls for assistance. These positions come from a request for additional security in the Administration Building. In response, FMD sought additional funds in the 2017-2018 budget to increase the security presence in the Administration Building to be equitable with the other large buildings in the Downtown… Read More
The Civil Rights Program within the Department of Executive Services (DES) will be moving to the Equity and Social Justice Office. Board and Commission support will also be in the Executive’s Office. The Public Records Program, King County Investigation and Resolution Office (KCIRO), and the Ethics Program and Board of Ethics will join the Office of Risk Management. With this change comes a new name for the combined office in DES: “The Office of Risk Management Services.” This new combination represents the new public records, ethics, and investigations services offered. Some benefits… Read More
As a Chief Justice in the juvenile court system, Wesley Saint Clair has come to believe the system is is better at sentencing people than reducing crime. He asks that we rely less on the power of the justice system, and more on human connection with Restorative Practices as a solution. View the TEDx Seattle Talk in the video below or view all TED talks here.
King County Executive Dow Constantine wrote to employees in the Department of Transportation on the sudden passing of Kenny McCormick, Metro employee and President of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587. You can read the Executive’s message below: Dear fellow King County employee, This past weekend we lost Kenny McCormick, a long-time Metro employee and President of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587. Kenny was a relentless advocate for the people he worked alongside and the thousands of ATU 587 members who safely get the people of King County where they need to go every day. His mantra… Read More
The staff in the King County Public Health Lab, tucked into the basement of Harborview’s West Clinic wing, literally hold people’s lives in their hands. In fact, at times they even hold entire cultures. Working with the public and performing tests every day, the lab runs tests on tuberculosis to the flu virus and everything in between. Staff also coordinate with other public health clinics and offices, STD and TB clinics, law enforcement and even the Washington State Public Health Lab to ensure community health. “We’re keeping the community safe, making sure… Read More
Closing Date/Time: Mon. 02/06/17 11:59 PM Salary: $80,412.80 – $101,920.00 Annually Job Type: Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week Location: Chinook Building – 401 5th Ave, Seattle, Washington Department: Department of Executive Services – Finance & Business Operations Division Description: We are seeking a high energy candidate to help execute King County’s new Priority Hiring Program, which is a labor equity program that prioritizes the hiring of underrepresented construction workers on King County Public Works projects. Underrepresented workers include residents living in economically distressed ZIP codes based on income, education and employment data. This brand new position will provide program… Read More
KCIT released a survey about Skype for Business and nearly 1,000 of you responded. Thank you! We learned that many of you really want to use the Skype for Business Desktop Sharing, but had some trouble figuring it out. You also said you like handouts with step-by-step directions. So, here you go. Step-by-step directions on how to share your desktop with Skype for Business. As always, let us know if you have questions.
Crossposted from the Best Starts for Kids Blog We’d like to thank the 4,000+ parents and caregivers who have completed the Best Starts for Kids (BSK) Health Survey! The BSK Health Survey is still open, and we’ve extended the deadline to late January to make sure all voices are heard. We asked Sheila Capestany, King County Strategic Advisor for Children and Youth and lead of Best Starts for Kids, to answer some of the common questions we are hearing from families. Read more at Best Starts for Kids Blog