The Department of Community and Human Services’ Developmental Disabilities Division recently hosted its annual Transition Resource Fairs. Held every March for the past seven years, the fairs support the School-to-Work program by informing and better equipping students and their families to prepare for a successful transition from school to employment and other community resources. The fairs were at Highline Community College on Saturday, March 1, and at Microsoft on Tuesday, March 4. The fairs are intentionally held away from high schools—the message is about adult life in the community. Over 900 community… Read More
The Community Services Division’s Housing Repair Program (HRP) provides interest-free loan and emergency grant services directly to low- and moderate-income home owners in King County, outside the city of Seattle, to repair their homes and help preserve our region’s stock of affordable housing. This program also provides grants to individual low-income renters with a disability to help make their housing more accessible. The City of Snoqualmie has expressed appreciation for HRP for helping a Snoqualmie home owner obtain the required matching funds for his FEMA grant to elevate his family’s home out… Read More
Benjamin Kaplan understands why the kids he works with no longer trust adults. By the time they enter his world, most have been abused, neglected or mistreated countless times by the adults who were supposed to keep them safe. So if he tells a young offender he’ll call on Tuesday, he makes sure he calls on Tuesday. He doesn’t say “see you later” unless he really means he’ll see that teen later. And he tries to view his young clients for who they are in the moment – a traumatized kid in… Read More
The Puget Sound Regional Council is conducting a regional travel study to better understand the transportation needs and preferences of the region’s residents. Beginning in April 2014, thousands of homes throughout King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties will receive postcard invitations to participate in the online or telephone study. Participation in the study can help answer questions about how the can region maintain and improve mobility, accessibility, and connectivity for residents as population grows and travel patterns evolve. The Puget Sound regional travel study will be conducted through June 2014. The study… Read More
The King County International Airport Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting (ARFF) Unit responds to all fire, police, and EMT calls at the airport. This unit is truly unique: everyone in the unit is a King County Sheriff’s deputy, a trained firefighter and an EMT. On March 9, 2014, two members of the Airport’s ARFF unit, Chief Donald Davis, and Deputy Graydon Matheson, participated in the 23rd Annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb of Seattle’s Columbia Tower. Participants climb 788 feet of vertical elevation, 69 flights of stairs and 1,311 steps in full firefighting gear as a… Read More
Didn’t see your favorite nonprofit in last year’s Annual Giving Drive? Now is the time to get them in for 2014! Check out the Employee Giving Program Website or call 206-263-9405 for more information. Email the link to your favorite nonprofit today. Even if they have been in before, nonprofits must reapply every year. Applications are due April 25.
1. What was your first role with King County? I came to King County in the fall of 2000 as the County Archivist. As Archivist I was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Archives including caring for and building the County historical records collection. Records become eligible for disposition when they reach the end of their retention period. If records are determined to have archival value, transfer to the Archives is one of the possible dispositions. In general, records are considered archival if they have a research use beyond the use… Read More
Wastewater Treatment Division’s (WTD) Combined Sewer Overflow Control (CSO) Program is sporting a new look and feel, with the goal of helping the public and people outside WTD better understand their work. “Protecting Our Waters” is the new name of a program to prevent pollution caused by excess stormwater in the sewer system on rainy days. Through 2030, WTD will be building nine pollution control projects to keep stormwater mixed with small amounts of sewage out of the Duwamish River, Lake Washington Ship Canal and Puget Sound. These projects complete the program… Read More
We recently asked King County employees to tell us what respect in the workplace means to them in one word. The way we treat one another is just as important as the way we treat our customers, and helps define the type of workplace that we want. Some of the words that resonated the most with employees were Consideration, Kindness, Communication, Trust, Listening, Value, Acknowledgement, Dignity, Acceptance and Appreciation. You can see all the results displayed in a Word Cloud below.
What does being a King County employee mean to you? What values do we embrace as an organization? What do we want new and prospective employees to know about working at King County? A new video featuring employees from across the County highlights five key elements of King County culture – Outstanding Customer Service, Continuous Improvement, Equity and Social Justice, Healthy Employees, and Teamwork and Collaboration. The employees featured in the new video discuss what it means to them to work at King County, and how they incorporate the County’s core values… Read More
When the leaders of ATU Local 587, King County Metro, and Professional and Technical Employees Local 17 launched the Partnership To Achieve Comprehensive Equity, or PACE, in September of 2013, it signaled a binding commitment to build and enhance the processes, tools, and standards for advancing diversity and equal opportunity for all Metro employees. Since this landmark agreement, employees and managers serving on the Steering Committee have met regularly and have worked together to create a work plan for the coming year. Because the work of this effort is substantial, and because… Read More
The King County Recorder’s Office is now located on the fourth floor of the King County Administration Building, making it easier for customers to access documents, records, and marriage licenses and certificates. The Recorder’s Office made the move from the third floor of the Administration Building to put its services in easy reach of customers who enter the building from Fifth Avenue. “Our previous location on the third floor of the Administration Building was not easy for some customers to find, and the third floor had a split level with two separate… Read More
On National Adoption Day King County Superior Court Judge Dean Lum presides over the King County Presiding Court as dozens of King County foster parents legally adopt their foster kids. For Judge Lum, this festive day holds a special place in his heart. Watch a short KCTV video to learn more.
Application deadline: Monday 3/24/14 Salary: $21.51 – $27.27 Hourly / $1,720.80 – $2,181.60 Biweekly Department: Department of Adult & Juvenile Detention Description: This position with the King County Department of Adult & Juvenile Detention (DAJD), Community Corrections Division, provides administrative support to the Community Work Program (CWP) which includes supporting one program manager, two program coordinators, and eight work crew supervisors. The position is critical to the functioning of the Community Work Program. Duties include performing lead clerical, data entry, filing, and office support utilizing independent judgment in working with complex and/or sensitive information…. Read More
Hi Jon (Scherer, Recording Manager), I wanted to give a big thank you to Priscilla Harper for helping me with a critical situation and I asked for your information that I might let you know what she did for me. I believe recognition is important and here’s my story: My wife and I were married back in May, 2013 and we went through the normal process to send in our application and certificate of Marriage. Somehow, our documentation never arrived at the Recorder’s Office in time. I had paid for and kept receipts of when… Read More
On February 11, 2014, PBS NewsHour visited Juvenile Detention to film a story about Pongo Teen Writing – a volunteer, nonprofit organization – and the therapeutic impact of poetry on at-risk youth. Richard Gould, the founder and Executive Director of Pongo Publishing Teen Writing Project, has been helping troubled teens express themselves through poetry and has published their work in anthologies since mid-1970. He has volunteered his services at Juvenile Detention since 1998. Detained youth have responded to Mr. Gould’s encouragement and help by writing about traumatic events in their lives, such… Read More
On March 18, King County Executive Dow Constantine and bus riders across the county celebrated the contributions of our hard-working bus drivers, Access drivers and rail operators on Bus Driver Appreciation Day. Drivers work hard to drive safely, help riders board and exit, give directions and travel advice and stick to their schedules through tough traffic – and many riders around the county took the opportunity to recognize drivers on Bus Driver Appreciation Day. See below for the video of the official proclamation of the event given by Executive Constantine to Metro’s… Read More
For hours on end, bus drivers manage to keep a schedule, check fares, give directions, remember stop requests and more, all while safely maneuvering an extra-large vehicle through unpredictable traffic, adverse weather conditions and some really tight spaces! The fact is, bus drivers don’t have an easy job; they just make it look that way. On Tuesday, March 18, join us in celebrating the contributions of our hard-working bus drivers, Access drivers and rail operators. It can be as simple as a smile when you board the bus, and a “thank you”… Read More
The Department of Executive Services (DES) held its first-ever All-Hands Meeting on February 26 with more than 500 employees in the 832-person department taking part in one of the two sessions. The All-Hands Meeting, which brought employees from DES’ 10 divisions, agencies and offices together as one department, featured a short video highlighting a dozen DES employees talking about how they “Deliver Excellent Service” every day; an overview of DES’ “clarity map” that will guide the department over the next 10 years; the results of a recent survey of DES employees focusing… Read More
Meet Tony, who’s been booked into King County Jail more than twenty times. He has Hepatitis C, an enlarged liver, and a long history of alcoholism. He’s getting treated while in jail, but what happens when he gets out? The link between jail-time and medical needs — and how the Affordable Care Act can change the equation — is the focus of Ruby de Luna’s new report for KUOW. The revolving door for jail prisoners — who come back multiple times — often has a link to inaccessible medications or untreated drug and alcohol addictions. For… Read More
Over the past few years, the Department of Judicial Administration’s (DJA) management team has held an employee contest to design a logo to go along with the departmental theme for the year. The 2014 theme is “Better Together.” This theme reflects how successful we are when we all work together, across divisions, up and down the chain of command. DJA employees are truly skilled and talented, and the logo submissions just keep getting better and better, making the decision more difficult each year. Congratulations to the winner of DJA’s contest for her… Read More
The Department and Community and Human Service’s YouthSource employees have brought a new way of delivering great customer service to youth in South King County that’s making it easier for clients to access important resources and services. YouthSource, a service of DCHS’ Community Services Division, is a youth one-stop center located at WorkSource Renton that offers a full array of programs for young adults, ages 16-21, who have dropped out of high school. YouthSource’s programs focus on education, employment and leadership development. It also provides connections to youth programs, community resources for… Read More
It’s tax time. Do you know how to document your charitable deductions through the workplace? One of the great benefits of workplace giving is that you have all of your documentation in one place. Payroll Deduction: Copy of Pledge Form or Printout from PeopleSoft and last pay stub of the year. Time Donation: Copy of Pledge Form or Printout from PeopleSoft, Letter from EGP, and Time Donation Paystub/last paystub of the year. Read more here. All tax situations are different and may require additional documentation. The EGP cannot provide tax advice; for… Read More
To read the most recent issue of Retirement Outlook with the latest news from the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS), go online to http://www.drs.wa.gov/outlook/active. There, you can also read past issues of the Retirement Outlook newsletter. If you have questions, contact King County Benefits, Payroll and Retirement Operations at 206-684-1556 or email@example.com.
Solid Waste Division’s outreach to the Spanish-speaking community received two awards from the Puget Sound chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) at its annual Totem Awards Celebration February 6. The Recicla más. ¡Es facilísimo! Spanish language curbside recycling program received two certificates of excellence this year. One certificate is for radio advertising, multicultural communication category, in which the radio ad was recognized for its research into the audience needs and identification of cultural elements which would resonate with the audience, making the radio ad groundbreaking in its approach. The… Read More