Telling the stories of King County employees
The City of Maple Valley recently completed one of the 26 projects funded in part by the County’s most recent Water Quality Improvements Projects grant package. The project significantly reduces contaminated stormwater runoff from 216th Avenue Southeast, a busy arterial, into local salmon creeks. “Improving water quality is good for both King County residents and the environment,” said Councilmember Reagan Dunn, who has been looking forward to seeing the results. In addition to the installation of curbs, gutters and permeable landscaped medians, those results include using four modular wetland systems, a type… Read More
Working in benefits planning to help those who are retiring can be a challenging job. With an aging workforce, there’s always work to be done and a new person to transition into retirement. Carmen Johnson, a Retirement and Benefits Navigator, has happily taken on this task, enjoying the work she does to help outgoing King County employees start a new adventure in their life. “I find it so rewarding,” she said. “It’s an emotionally and mentally challenging time for people and I get to help them through it.” With an average of… Read More
Tax season is upon us and King County would like to highlight United Way of King County’s free tax preparation services as a convenient option available to you, your family members, and your community! Tax time can be stressful and expensive, but it doesn’t have to be; consider taking advantage of this free service so you can avoid costly tax preparation fees and maximize your refund. United Way offers free tax preparation services at over 27 locations throughout King County and online from now through April. Households making under $64,000 can have their… Read More
You’ve spoken, and the County heard you. In addition to the improvements made at King Street Center last year, Facilities Management Division and Healthy Incentives have joined together to make improvements to the cyclist accommodations at the Chinook Building; they are installing additional lockers. For the commuters among us who have been considering cycling to work, there are many ways the County supports you – regardless of your particular work site location! Many County facilities accommodate cyclists with bike parking areas, lockers and showers. If you don’t feel like pedaling the entire… Read More
Shared from the DCHS Touching Base Newsletter The people of King County benefitted dramatically from the expansion of health insurance and other reforms under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – and a repeal without a comparable replacement threatens widespread damage to the region’s health and economic well-being. More than 200,000 people access health care in King County through the ACA, including many people now eligible for Medicaid coverage under Medicaid expansion. That has made health and behavioral health care possible when treatment and other services were previously out of reach. But that… Read More
King County operations, including Superior Court, District Court, Department of Judicial Administration, Elections, Department of Assessments and the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, will open at regular hours today, Tuesday, Feb. 7, unless advised otherwise by your leadership. Icy road conditions and freezing temperatures may impact your commute this morning. Please let safety be your guide when making commute decisions. Where allowed, employees may be able to telecommute or take a day of accrued vacation or comp time instead of reporting to their normal work location today. Check with your supervisor for more information…. Read More
Closing Date/Time: Mon. 02/13/17 4:30 PM Salary: $40.53 – $51.38 Hourly, $84,302.40 – $106,870.40 Annually Job Type: Term Limited Temporary, Full Time, 40 hrs/wk Location: Chinook Building, 401 5th Avenue, Seattle, Washington Department: King County Department of Information Technology Description: King County Information Technology (KCIT) is looking for a Senior Application Developer to play a vital role in the success of numerous King County agencies by supporting multiple applications/systems and critical and complex development projects. Responsible for the full software development lifecycle, this developer will recognize the best solutions for organizing, integrating… Read More
Some King County employees have jobs that require, at times, 24/7 availability. Skype for Business has a tool that forwards all work calls to the phone of your choice IF your work phone isn’t picked up at your desk. It’s called Simultaneous Ring. It just requires a few checked boxes, as we show you in this video.
The King County Archives is delighted to be participating in the Northwest Film Forum, Friday, February 17. Titled “Moving History Returns: Saving Our Magnetic Media,” the event will begin with a happy hour at 7 p.m., with the program kicking off at 8 p.m. The King County Archives and other participating organizations will showcase clips of rare feature films, historic Seattle, oral history interviews, dance performances by Pacific Northwest artists and much more. This archival screening night is presented by Moving Image Preservation of the Puget Sound (MIPoPS) to showcase video digitized… Read More
King County employees are welcome to sign up for available CPR classes. Class dates and locations are below. Please note additional dates are available on the registration pages. Basic Heartsaver CPR/AED Training (Open to all employees) Register here. Wednesday, February 22, 2017- 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Chinook Bldg., Room 126 Thursday, March 23, 2017- 11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m, Chinook Bldg., Room 126 Refresher Heartsaver CPR/AED Training (Open to all employees) Register here. Wednesday, February 22, 2017- 1:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. Chinook Bldg., Room 126 Thursday, March 23, 2017- 9 a.m.- 11:00 a.m…. Read More
A few months back, I spent some time in Snoqualmie with staff at the King County Department of Permitting and Environmental Review (DPER). DPER ensures that folks are building in ways that are safe for people and for the environment. They are the keepers of a land use code that was developed with input from thousands of stakeholders in our region. With millions calling King County home, and scores more arriving each day, it is important to ensure that we are smart about our growth. So I was excited to visit DPER,… Read More
Join us to hear from King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division about how the Recycled Water Program is preparing the county for climate change impacts. Thursday, February 8, from noon to 1 p.m. King Street Center, 6th Floor, King and Chinook Rooms All King County employees welcome, but space is limited. Please sign up here.
King County employees are welcome to take advantage of two upcoming discount offers: Cirque du Soileil LUZIA –This Valentine’s Day, what better way to share the love than to offer tickets to LUZIA by Cirque du Soleil, where employees can save up to 25% on tickets! Act fast, this offer ends on February 14. LUZIA opens March 30, under the Big Top, at King County’s Marymoor Park. The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Key Arena on February 18. Tickets can be purchased for either the 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. Show. Purchase… Read More
This article is featured courtesy of Jamie Holter, Communications Manager, Department of Information Technology Ben Lesh has been with KCIT for about 10 years. He came from a career in the private sector designing and building custom Learning Management and Content Management systems for Fortune 500 companies. He chose King County IT because he wanted to serve his community and be a part of a larger organization tackling difficult IT problems. Ben has carved out a bit of a niche for himself as a go-to person for new IT stuff. He even… Read More
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