Telling the stories of King County employees
King County employees are welcome to sign up for available CPR classes hosted in the Chinook building September through December. Class dates are as follows: Basic Heartsaver CPR/AED Training (Open to all King County employees) register with firstname.lastname@example.org: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 – 9 a.m. to noon, Chinook Bldg, Room 126 Monday, November 14, 2016 – 9 a.m. to noon, Chinook Bldg, Room 126 Refresher Heartsaver CPR/AED Training (Open to all King county employees) register with email@example.com: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 – 1-3 p.m., Chinook Bldg, Room 126 Tuesday, October 11, 2016 – 1-3 p.m.,… Read More
This is to inform all County staff that the PeopleSoft system will be unavailable from noon on Friday, August 5 through 6 p.m. on Monday, August 8. During this planned outage, the PeopleSoft team will be upgrading the system tools and applying vendor-provided updates and maintenance. This work will begin on Friday, August 5 at noon and is scheduled to be completed by 6 p.m. on Monday, August 8. The system will not be available for access by any County staff during this outage window. There will be a communication sent out to all County staff… Read More
Crossposted from King County Employee Giving Program The King County Employee Giving Program is recruiting work site Ambassadors for the 2016 Annual Giving Drive. Ambassadors are the heart and soul of the Annual Giving Drive, the key to reaching each and every one of the 13,500 employees here at King County and providing those they work with transformative moments of meaning in the workplace. All while getting to make a difference around the world. Our goal is to have an Ambassador at every work site. Read more at King County Employee Giving
With rents and housing prices out of reach throughout the region, King County Executive Dow Constantine today joined with County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove and housing advocates to sign legislation to invest up to $87 million for creation of more than 1,000 units of affordable workforce housing near new or existing transit stations. “Today, we celebrate landmark legislation to create vibrant, mixed-income neighborhoods with affordable housing near transit centers,” said Executive Constantine. “It’s an innovative approach to connect more communities across King County to jobs and opportunity.” Read more in the official press release.
King County Information Technology is a winner in The Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) Digital Counties Survey. The survey identifies the best technology practices among U.S. counties, including initiatives that save tax dollars through newfound efficiencies; boost transparency, cybersecurity and engagement; or innovate through unique and exciting projects. King County IT has placed in 12 of the last 13 years we’ve completed. King County tied for fourth place with California’s Alameda County and Miami-Dade County. This year’s showing is the best so far for Puget… Read More
Crossposted from King County DES Express King County will become a national leader in supporting LGBT-owned small businesses under an inclusive policy announced by Executive Dow Constantine. King County will become the largest county in the United States to track the number of contracts that are awarded to LGBT entrepreneurs, an approach that has dramatically increased the number and value of contracts awarded to local small businesses owned by women, people of color, and people who are disadvantaged during Executive Constantine’s administration. Read more at the DES Express
We are proud to share with you our draft King County Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan, 2016-2022. This plan, our first for Equity and Social Justice (ESJ), builds on the good work that we have been doing in ESJ and pushes us to become even more thoughtful, strategic and effective. This Plan also lays out the values that we have co-created with employees and community partners and addresses the need to be inclusive, collaborative, responsive, adaptive and people-focused. Fundamentally, we are moving towards becoming a racially just organization. Our ESJ strategies… Read More
Crossposted from Public Health Insider I’m at a conference, and I just saw a T-Rex wearing a Supergirl backpack trot by. Clearly, I’m not at the CDC (otherwise, Dr. Tom Friedan has a hobby that no one knows about). I’m at San Diego Comic-Con, the premiere comics convention in the world, alongside a projected 130,000 other conference attendees. So what’s a public health professional doing here? I spoke on a panel called “Comics and health: Saving lives and preventing disease” as part of the Comics Arts academic conference associated with Comic-Con. Our… Read More
Crossposted from King County DES Express King County’s Finance and Business Operations Division (FBOD) has been recognized with a Financial Management Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents. NACo honored FBOD’s successful Lean initiatives that have streamlined operations, provided value to our customers, and created a work culture focused on problem solving and respect. Read more at DES Express Watch a video about King County winning this award below.
Sheriff Urquhart talks with host Enrique Cerna about building bridges to communities of color. He speaks about protecting the public, the need for collaboration between law enforcement and the community, and the impact of the recent shootings in Dallas, TX, Minnesota and Baton Rouge, LA. Interviewer Enrique Cerna gets to the heart of the Sheriff’s emotions about building trust, listening and better serving the community through diverse hiring. “There is an expectation, the community expects us to keep them safe, and we expect and work to keep them safe. The problem that we have… Read More
The King County Archives and Records Center buildings do not normally attract attention. First time visitors will comment that they’d drive by (or some even live or work nearby) but had never known we were here! On July 30, the Archives and Records Center walls facing Fir Street and the parking lot will be decorated with the results of a day-long graffiti contest, held for young graffiti artists from around the Northwest. The event is from 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m. and is open to the public. People are welcome to drop by to view the… Read More
A team of 12 King County employees found their ‘inner wild’ and conquered 200-ish miles of relay running through the Northwest Passage July 15-16 in the Reebok Ragnar Northwest Passage Relay. A week after supporting his children’s high school team during the 2015 relay, Al Dams, Chief Deputy Assessor, pitched the idea of forming a King County team for the 2016 Ragnar during a regular lunch-time run with his fellow King County Running Club members. A year later, after recruiting nearly 20 runners to ultimately field a team of 12, the King… Read More
Closing date/time: Open until filled Salary: $92,835.60 – $117,674.75 Annually Job type: Career Service Location: Chinook Building, Downtown Seattle, WA Department: Department of Public Health–Community Health Services Description: King County is seeking to fill a Health Services Administrator position within Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC), Community Health Services (CHS) Division. The purpose of CHS is to assure that basic health and human services are available to the most vulnerable people in King County. The Health Services Administrator position is the leader of CHS’ Health Care for the Homeless Network… Read More
Kudos to a Metro driver who shows his passengers how much he enjoys his job. This rider took to Twitter to share how her Metro driver cares about his passengers and loves the work he does. We’re proud of this Metro driver and all King County employees whose work and passion for public service is helping us become a best-run government.
Crossposted from Public Health Insider Pokémon nostalgia has roared back with the release of Pokémon Go and those of us in the public health field are not immune to its charms. We wish we could offer you tips on how to catch that elusive Vaporeon, but the only Insider play tip we have so far is that the lobby of the King County Chinook Building is a Pokéstop. We’ll just stick to the kind of tips we do best for those looking to fill their Pokédexes: injury prevention (woot!). Have fun getting… Read More
Everyone talks about “The Cloud” – where internet users can store files and access them from anywhere. Did you know King County employees have the exact same application available to them through Office 365? It’s easy to navigate and use. OneDrive is a great tool for uploading files to share with others (including photos), give others permission to edit and work on files at the same time, and get to your files from anywhere, on your computer, tablet or phone. Essentially, it’s an online locker that allows you to back up and share… Read More
Seattle Sounders FC has a special offer for employees! Use Special Offer Code Employee2016 when you purchase your tickets for the Sunday, July 31 game against LA Galaxy and choose Green Section (Hawk’s Nest) tickets for $24 or Balcony Loge (first four rows of 300) tickets for $27. The Seattle Storm host the Los Angeles Sparks Friday, August 26 at 7:00 p.m., and tickets for most sections within sections 101-128 are available for between $16 and $29 with Promo Code KING2016. Great Wolf Lodge is offering employees up to 30% off their… Read More
Crossposted from Election Connection Ballot boxes are now open for the August 2 Primary Election and Elections Director Julie Wise marked the occasion this week with ribbon cuttings at new ballot drop boxes at both Fairwood Library in Renton and Lake City Library. A total of 29 drop boxes will be available for this Primary Election followed by 14 more boxes for the November General Election. A total of 43 ballot drop boxes will increase access and convenience for voters across King County. For a complete list of boxes visit our website…. Read More
King County’s 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) is available for viewing on the web. A condensed, easier to read synopsis of the county’s financial condition is also available. This is titled the Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR). Hard copies may be requested by contacting Martha Diesner at Martha.Diesner@kingcounty.gov.