Telling the stories of King County employees
This week’s tech tip is a video daily double! We teach you how to access your King County email on an iOS device (aka iPhone). The video profiles me (a total novice) walking through the steps as Myranda Miller (our Mobile Device Management expert) provides direction. It’s 7 minutes long. We’re working on an Android version of this next. Enjoy!
Crossposted from Public Health Insider Today, we’re talking with Tony Smith, a paramedic with King County Medic One, which provides paramedic services for south King County and Vashon/Maury Islands. King County Medic One is part of larger King County system made up of thousands of paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), doctors, nurses, dispatchers, analysts, researchers and other professional and support staff who make up one of the most respected emergency response systems on the planet. How and why did you get started working in public health? I became interested in emergency medical response going back… Read More
Crossposted from Metro Matters (Editor’s note: UPDATED at 2 p.m. Information will be sent to customers and posted online Friday afternoon, April 28, regarding expected transit service disruptions.) Transit riders should prepare for significant traffic delays and rerouted buses in downtown Seattle on Monday, May 1, especially during the afternoon and evening commute, as dozens of Metro and Sound Transit routes will be temporarily rerouted or intermittently delayed during May Day events. Seattle First Hill and South Lake Union streetcar service also will be affected on May 1 as a result of planned… Read More
Crossposted from Clean Water Stories It’s that time of year, when King County Wastewater Treatment Division spends a lot of time with students. During spring semester, our educators and students in our service area work together in elementary school programs about water systems. We know that 4th and 5th grade students are good candidates for this education. They are learning about science. They are curious. They haven’t quite outgrown the bathroom humor phase. They are the right age to help teach their parents good water/wastewater etiquette. We’re pretty sure that after a class or… Read More
ORCA LIFT celebrated its two-year anniversary in March of this year and with this milestone began the renewal process of expiring cards. Customers were directed to the ORCALIFT.com website for directions on the renewal process. We have received many positive comments from the customers using the online form, such as this one: “I am writing to thank King County Metro for quickly processing my renewal of my ORCA Lift card. I applied to renew my card on Wednesday, and I got my new card by Saturday! It came on the same day I accidentally broke… Read More
King County employees are welcome to take advantage of an available discount for the Auburn Symphony Orchestra performance of “Love, Passion and Defiance” on Sunday, April 30 at 2:30 p.m. The event features Nikolas Caoile, as guest conductor and Daniel Lebhardt, as piano soloist. Held at the Auburn Performing Arts Center (702 Fourth Street NE, Auburn, WA 98002), employees will receive a discount of $30 for general tickets, $24 for senior tickets and $10 for student tickets. To receive the discount, employees can purchase tickets online using promo code kingcounty17 at www.auburnsymphony.org, or visit the box office in person and show King County ID. See… Read More
Employee referred nonprofits are our favorite! It is our goal, after all, to connect employees to the causes they are passionate about through the Annual Giving Drive. All nonprofits must apply and meet eligibility requirements annually in order for them to be in the upcoming Annual Giving Drive. Invite your favorite nonprofit here. Applications are due by Thursday, April 27, 2017.
Crossposted from King County Youth Justice King County Executive Dow Constantine announced new options for parents, youth, school personnel and local law enforcement that will divert and reduce the number of youth who come into contact with the courts and detention facilities. The “Safe Spaces” proposal connects youth who may have traditionally gone into the criminal justice system to community-based alternatives that provide supports and crisis stabilization that were previously unavailable. Youth and families can access counseling, healthcare, treatment for mental health or substance abuse, short-term crisis beds, education and mentoring and… Read More
This article is featured courtesy of Jamie Holter, Communications Manager, Department of Information Technology Gary Hocking, a KCIT Service Delivery Manager, is retiring after 39 years with the County. He shares his journey through the IT sector, how he came to work with King County, as well as several of his proudest accomplishments and his advice for the next person to fill his shoes. What’s changed in 39 years? That is a question that is really pretty easy to answer: Just about everything, except the people. The folks that I’ve been privileged… Read More
Closing Date/Time: Mon. 05/08/17 4:00 PM Pacific Time Salary: $28.40 – $36.00 Hourly, $2,153.69 – $2,729.93 Semi-Monthly Job Type: Career Service, Full Time, 35 hrs/week Location: Assessments – 900 Oakesdale Ave SW, Renton, Washington Department: Department of Assessments Description: The Department of Assessments is looking for an action oriented, creative thinker for the role of Residential Appraiser. The position will allow for the individual to expand interest in real estate, work within a culturally and generationally diverse environment, collaboratively set fair and equitable residential property values and use communication skills with the public to convey property assessment policies and procedures Learn more about… Read More
Several community groups are planning rallies, marches, and other events to mark May Day this Monday, May 1. These events include (see map below): May Day March – Some King County employees will participate in this year’s May Day March which focuses on labor and immigrant rights and begins at Judkins Park, starting at 11:30 a.m. holding the banner pictured. The march to downtown Seattle starts at 1 p.m. Veteran Anti-War march – Starting at 9 a.m. at the Garden of Remembranceat 2nd & University in Seattle, with a march to Judkins Park… Read More
King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP) is a treasure trove of untold stories. Employees across four divisions work hard every day carrying out a broad mission to foster environmental stewardship and strengthen communities. It is hard to stop progress to recount our adventures and triumphs. But when it was time to chronicle a legendary journey, employees across DNRP pitched in to help. The County’s Environmental Lab has monitored streams, rivers, and Puget Sound for over 40 years. Field scientists sample, survey, carry out special projects, and respond to environmental… Read More
This piece was featured in the Seattle Times’ Rant and Raves list. Kudos to a DNRP employee for saving a bird’s day! “RAVE To the woman working for King County who took my Saturday call about a coot (bird) trapped in a storm drain in Covington. She reached someone in Covington public works, who called me and said they were closed, but they were there first thing on Monday freeing the trapped animal. Public-sector heroes!
Does your car drip? Ever wondered if a ‘spot’ on the ground came from your car? Want to learn how to properly maintain your car? Join the experts for a FREE Auto Leaks workshop – a $125 value. Or use the $50 coupon at one of the over 200 participating repair shops. At this workshop you’ll: Get a free professional car health assessment from a certified automotive instructor. Learn how to identify and prevent leaks. Receive tips on repairing minor common leaks. Learn preventive maintenance. Leave the class with a FREE Vehicle… Read More
This event, presented by the Social Security Administration, will answer many of your of your questions regarding Retirement Benefits and Eligibility Requirements, Early Retirement Effect on Benefits, Survivor Benefits, Medicare, Disability and Spouse Benefits and much more! Attendees are asked to bring a printed Social Security Statement, which can be accessed at http://www.ssa.gov/myaccount. Wednesday, April 26, noon to 1:30 p.m. City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room, 600 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104.
Crossposted from Inside Transportation by Harold S. Taniguchi, Director, King County Dept. of Transportation Local action will continue to be our path forward on climate, sustainability, mobility and equity in King County, as we saw at the recent GoGreen Conference in Seattle. Thanks to the leadership of King County Executive Dow Constantine, we are addressing these challenges and partnering with businesses and the community for shared success on green building, wind and solar energy, transit-oriented development, and the nation’s leading commitment on electric buses. This was the fifth year of King County’s… Read More
Crossposted from The Downstream Blog On a gray day last month, a small group of King County and King County Flood Control District (Flood District) employees stood on the forested edge of the Tolt River upstream of Carnation. Geologically speaking, this is a young river – sinuous, fast-moving and largely unconstrained as it courses from its headwaters in the Cascades to its confluence with the wide, slow-moving Snoqualmie River. Chase Barton, an engineer with the King County’s River and Floodplain Management (Rivers) Section in the Water and Land Resources Division (WLRD), looked… Read More
Employees are welcome to participate in a celebration focused on protecting immigrants and refugees by commemorating May Day and International Workers Day. The event will feature guest speakers, a spoken word artist and is co-sponsored by the Executive Branch, King County Office of Equity and Social Justice and members of the King County Council. Wednesday, April 26 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Chinook Rooms 121-123 View the flyer for more information.
Crossposted from King County Parks Plog As your King County Parks staff, our job is to keep your parks clean, safe and open. It is part of our daily routine. That said, stuff happens. Daily, if not hourly, staff can be rerouted to deal with any number of issues. We of course handle anything we come across during our rounds, but sometimes, you visitors are onsite before we are. (Looking at you, “Training for a marathon before work,” and, “Dogs will eat my furniture if they don’t play in the field before… Read More