Telling the stories of King County employees
King County Archives, the home of thousands of official documents and photographs, has launched a new online collection search tool at http://www.kingcounty.gov/archives/search. This brief video from KCTV takes you into to the Archives vault, where we talk about the collection, research, and the new search tool. Learn more about how to access items, materials and records from as far back as the 1800s. The video features commentary from King County archivist Carol Shenk.
Crossposted from DES Express As part of Healthy Incentives Farm Fresh Local program, we’re bringing Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) to the workplace. CSA at the workplace – how fresh is that? Sign up for a CSA and have it delivered for pick-up at Chinook What’s a CSA? CSAs have become a popular way for consumers to buy local seasonal food directly from a farmer who offers to the public a certain number of “shares.” Typically, the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers… Read More
Seattle PRIDE Parade is this Sunday, and this is our second year participating as One King County. Here are some tips for enjoying the holiday that this region celebrates best. Dress the part. When it comes to PRIDE, anything goes. Make sure you can stay cool and protected from the sun, and remember, the more skin you’re showing, the more sunscreen you’ll need. Remember the reason for the season. PRIDE is a positive stance against discrimination against the LGBTQ community. Supportive allies are welcome. Do a little dance. There is no better… Read More
Assistant Presiding Judge for King County Superior Court Judge Laura Inveen sat down with KC TV recently to share some of her professional and personal experiences. She talks about her initial interest in the field and what has kept her passionate about law, as well as how the success of the juvenile drug court program is helping to address the opioid epidemic. Interviewer Andre Huff also asks Laura about her interests in triathalons and her connections to local hip-hop superstar Macklemore and poet Sherman Alexie. View the entire interview online at KC TV or read the interview transcript.
King County was recently named to Forbes Magazine’s list of the 500 best places to work in America, the first time the County has appeared on the list. In his latest employee video, King County Executive Dow Constantine talks about what this national recognition means as well as what we’re doing to become a more supportive, empowering employer. Watch the video below:
Closing Date/Time: Fri. 07/01/16 4:30 PM Salary: $37.80 – $45.70 Hourly Job Type: Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week Location: Operations & Maintenance Facility – 3407 Airport Way S, Seattle, Washington Department: Department of Transportation – Transit Division Description: SCADA Systems Specialists install, maintain and repair Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, components and equipment throughout the rail systems and facilities. Link Light Rail, operated by King County Metro Transit, is a 18.75 mile light rail line from the University of Washington to Seattle-Tacoma Airport. King County Metro Transit is a… Read More
This bus rider values the friendliness and courtesy of his bus driver, and appreciates that little bit of extra time the driver allows for those people running to catch the bus. Kudos to this bus driver for a job well done in connecting with the community and keeping riders safe and happy as they start the day!
Crossposted from Expanding the Narrative I don’t work directly with the public. My customers are people who work in local government. I serve public servants – and it brings me joy and satisfaction. I’m a Lean consultant. That means I facilitate workshops where people get to step back from their work, name the good they create, figure out ways to measure a product that are meaningful to them, and improve the work itself. Not long ago, I worked with a team to map their process. When asked, “What is the first thing… Read More
Crossposted from the DES Express blog The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) has recognized King County with two awards. The first was the Leadership Award for Purchasing Innovation for the County’s new Proterra battery-powered bus fleet, which provides significant cost savings and environmental benefits. The second was an Outstanding Case Study Award for the purchase of liquid petroleum gas vehicles for the county’s fleet. SPLC is a national non-profit organization dedicated to promoting green purchasing practices within large institutions. King County’s pair of awards were presented to environmental purchasing manager Karen… Read More
Crossposted from the DES Express blog Last week, King County hosted the Consortium for Advanced Management International‘s (CAM-I) summer quarter meeting, focusing on “Private and Public Sector Partnerships.” CAM-I is an organization that over the last four decades has developed practical and effective management tools, techniques, and methods to advance the way organizations manage costs, processes, and performance. The event drew participation from employees all across King County, as well as Boeing and the Royal Australian Navy, to name a few. Speakers for the plenary session included Deputy County Executive Fred Jarrett,… Read More
King County Metro’s Alternative Services program has launched a new transportation pilot program and it’s available to King County employees who live on Mercer Island! TripPool is a new rideshare connection from your home neighborhood to the Park-and-Ride. Riders use a mobile app to find and book trips. The best part is the TripPool van gets reserved parking at the Park-and-Ride! Be part of this pilot project at the Mercer Island Park-and-Ride and help us learn how to make the program even better. Interested? Email email@example.com to learn how you can try… Read More
The King County Archives announces a new online exhibit on how the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health led the response to HIV/AIDS in the 1980s and 1990s. The exhibit “Responding to AIDS: the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health, 1982-1996” (www.RespondingToAIDSExhibit.org) features photos, graphics, other historical documents and video clips from 4Culture grant-funded oral history interviews. This exhibit highlights how Public Health became a national leader in AIDS prevention, education, research, and support for quality care, through forward-thinking leadership, innovative programs, and engagement with the communities most affected by AIDS.
Just recently we revamped our news site http://www.kcemployees.com to highlight a fresher, bolder look. Reflecting the same content from the weekly Employee Newsletter, each story on the site now features even more engaging photos, new ways to share via social media and suggested reading tailored to readers’ interests. We’ve updated the menu options to include sorting stories by topic, connect directly to the official King County website and offer a super helpful “Hot Links” page, with hyperlinks to Employee Discounts, Benefits and Payroll, Emergency Information and additional on-demand employee websites. There’s even… Read More
Crossposted from KC Emergency News After more than four days of action simulating a catastrophic magnitude 9.0 earthquake, the Cascadia Rising exercise has come to an end. More than 20,000 people across the Pacific Northwest took part in the drills, which put emergency response and recovery plans to the ultimate test. King County activated its Emergency Coordination Center, where hundreds of people came together to support the exercise response. Walt Hubbard, director of King County Emergency Management, says overall he was impressed by Cascadia Rising. “The level of commitment to the exercise… Read More
Crossposted from Public Health Insider By Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer Early on Sunday, June 12th, a lone gunman with a semiautomatic rifle carried out the largest mass shooting in United States history at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing dozens of men and women. Our thoughts, prayers and tears go out to the families and friends of the victims, along with our hope for the quick physical recovery for the many injured, though we know the psychological toll will be long-lasting. So far in 2016, there have been 136 mass… Read More
Dear fellow King County employee, The mass shooting in Orlando – the deadliest in modern U.S. history – is shocking. An outrage. But yet somehow, sadly, not unexpected. Years of hateful rhetoric in our nation’s politics and press has predictably led angry, fearful, frustrated individuals to misdirect the blame for their own disappointing lives toward the “other” – people of another race, religion, country of origin, or sexual orientation. The addition of easy access to military-grade weapons, as we have seen over and over, can quickly turn these warped beliefs into unspeakable… Read More
1. Why did you start as an Employee Engagement Manager with King County? My work with Healthy Incentives led me to employee engagement. We started examining workplace stress and what contributes to it. Turns out that there is a lot of crossover between the factors that cause stress and the factors that lead people to be engaged in their work. For example, if there is conflict in your team it can cause stress. On the other hand, if your team works well together, appreciates each other and encourages everyone’s best, that can… Read More
DCHS is convening three meetings to hear from rural community leaders and human services providers – both in the incorporated and unincorporated areas of King County – to get ideas and input that will inform DCHS’s planning for future human services delivery as well as planning for the renewal of the Veterans and Human Services Levy. Meetings will take place: * North Bend, June 17, 2016 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., Mount Si Senior Center (411 Main Ave. South, North Bend). Councilmember Kathy Lambert will attend. Register here. * Enumclaw, June 22,… Read More