Telling the stories of King County employees
Crossposted from Public Health Insider Since 2003, not a single child in King County has died from a helmet-preventable bicycle injury. What helped lead to this victory? King County’s Child Death Review – a collaborative effort to identify opportunities and interventions that prevent children from dying. As the ‘doctor’ for the community, we are responsible for looking at broad trends and understanding the systems, policies and practices in our community that can prevent disease and death. Our local hospitals look at deaths in their systems, and we look at deaths in our… Read More
1. Why did you start as a policy advisor with King County? When I moved to this area for my husband’s job I considered opportunities across the region including in philanthropy and the private sector but local government appealed to me most. It’s an opportunity to use my federal government experience but have more of a direct impact on people’s lives. King County is especially appealing because it represents the whole region and people live and work across city lines.
More than 130 homeless people in Seattle were served up dinner by public defenders who volunteered for Operation Nightwatch (ONW) on Saturday, Feb. 20. The menu included Sloppy Joes, rice, salad and gourmet brownies. This was hardly a first for public defense. In fact, members of the department have been serving dinners for homeless men and women every other month for more than five years.
Did you know that there were free and low cost exercise classes in the Chinook building, mostly at lunch time? What a great way to earn Gold Status for the Healthy Incentives program! Some of the classes could use a boost of attendees to energize the instructors and other participants. Consider these options: Cardio Dancing with Shirley Zhang: Mondays and Wednesdays 11:30 a.m. to noon, free. No experience needed. Partially led by videos. Cool Chinese music. All are welcome, could use a boost of participants. Whether you were a dance major or have two left… Read More
Closing Date/Time: Mon. 04/11/16 4:30 PM Salary: $80,522.00 – $102,066.43 Annually Job Type: Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week Location: King Street Center – 201 S Jackson St, Seattle, Washington Department: Department of Natural Resources & Parks – Water and Land Resources Division Description: The Water and Land Resources (WLR) Division is one of four divisions within the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP). It is a dynamic, high performing natural resource management agency comprised of approximately 350 employees with a $55.7 million operating and $65.6 million capital budget. … Read More
Crossposted from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Facebook “I hated the feeling that we were failing families,” Stephanie Trollen said. Stephanie, who spent 18 years as a victim advocate at the King County Prosecutor’s office, described an all-too-common scene. “We would see these parents and teenagers come in stressed and upset and desperate for help, and I felt like we had nothing to offer them.” Kids and parents commonly ended up at the detention ce…nter because of domestic violence. These weren’t scenarios where a husband was abusing his wife. In juvenile… Read More
Department of Community and Human Services Deputy Director Josephine Wong has been selected for Annie E. Casey Foundation’s tenth class of the Children and Family Fellowship, a 16-month intensive leadership program for executive leaders. In its third decade, the program is designed to give more child and family-serving professionals the confidence and competence to lead major system reforms and community change initiatives that get results. Without strong leadership, investments in programs and system reform initiatives alone are not enough to create urgent, long-lasting improvements for children and families.
In the world of radio communications it’s essential to have a solid team to work with. People who will step up to the plate and get the job done well, whether it’s refurbishing old technology, or preparing for a new, county-wide innovative project. William (Rich) Richardson is just one of those guys, a total team player who goes the extra mile. A retired Army first sergeant, Rich is now a Radio Shop Supervisor and has been with King County Radio Communications since 2005. He is a decorated military veteran with extensive travel… Read More
Committed to removing barriers for her patients, Dental Supervisor Deborah DeQuier-Bowden ensures everyone who enters her clinic has the best customer service experience. While she’s worked at the Columbia Public Health Dental Clinic since January 2014, she has been with King County for 15 years. She has been passionate about including equity and social justice efforts throughout her work at every level. “Equity and social justice comes from the heart,” she said. “It’s my goal as a supervisor –not as a person of color – to see these barriers.”
Recently, a King County Metro bus rider tweeted her appreciation for a job well done, while out on her route. Do you have kudos to share? Email them to us and we will include them in the newsletter and KC Employees website.
Closing Date/Time: Wed. 03/30/16 4:30 PM Pacific Time Salary: $33.58 – $42.56 Hourly, $69,846.40 – $88,524.80 Annually Job Type: Career Service, Full Time, 35 hrs/week Location: King County Elections – 919 SW Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057-2906, Washington Department: Department of Elections Description: The Department of Elections is recruiting a Program Supervisor II who will lead the Language Services and Community Outreach Program at King County Elections. This position will oversee the team responsible for translating documents, providing language-based assistance to new and existing voters, supporting outreach events in Limited English Speaking… Read More
Your friends and neighbors speak a language other than English. They want to know how to get rid of hazardous products they no longer want to use. What do you do? Send them to the language portal on the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County website. They may be able to find the information they need in their own language. With colorful thumbnail images, videos, web pages translated into Spanish and a Spanish Facebook page, this portal makes hazardous product information accessible to more people and businesses in our county.
Innovation is key to developing efficient business practices. Technology giants do it, retail business owners do it – everyone wants to take the next step to become better, stronger and have a deeper impact. Recently-elected Director of Elections Julie Wise looks forward to making this happen for the King County voting process. A south county local from Enumclaw, she has been with the Elections office for 15 years. First as a phone bank employee, she continued to get further involved after realizing she was a “geek” for the administrative elections process. A… Read More
Deputy prosecuting attorney Nancy Balin is committed to ensuring justice for her community. Originally from Massachusetts and intent on pursuing her Master’s in Social Work, she instead focused on a law degree and never looked back. She’s been with King County since 1999 and admits that while it can be challenging work, she enjoys it. “There are always multiple things happening at once, it’s never boring here,” she said. “Aside from all our regular duties, we’ve also got to balance and prioritize what’s important. We’re conscious every day that we work for… Read More
This article is featured courtesy of Jamie Holter, Communications Manager, Department of Information Technology In honor of International Women’s Day (March 8), meet Diana Chism, King County IT for Production Operations. She’s been working in IT with the County for 26 years, yet still considers herself growing and learning. She has advice for women entering the tech world. Sit AT the table! “When you are invited to a meeting, have a seat at the table, literally! Women tend to sit along the outside and give men the seat closest to the center… Read More
When the phone rings and the woman on the other end asks her question in hesitant English mixed with Spanish, she finds herself surprised that the King County employee responds to her in Spanish and directs her to a translator who can better assist. Such smooth and welcoming customer experiences might be all thanks to King County’s Language in Motion program. King County has partnered with Seattle Colleges to offer Introductory Spanish business language classes. The classes are aimed at getting frontline employees in agencies such as Elections and Records and Licensing,… Read More
Closing Date/Time: Wed. 03/23/16 4:30 PM Salary: $26.49 – $33.58 Hourly, $55,099.20 – $69,846.40 Annually Job Type: Appointed Location: Chinook Building – 401 5th Ave, Seattle, Washington Department: King County Executive – Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget Description: King County’s Office of Performance, Strategy, & Budget (PSB) is seeking a seasoned professional to provide executive-level meeting planning and logistical support to senior management and committee and operations leadership. This role serves as a key member of the joint Executive office and PSB administrative support team. Our ideal candidate will have a strong… Read More
This article is featured courtesy of Bill Kehoe, Chief Information Officer, Department of Information Technology Governor Inslee’s investigation into the Department of Corrections’ early prisoner release issue cited “IT Governance” as a key contributing factor. What exactly is IT Governance? In short, it analyzes the need, researches the solution, takes advice from public and private sector experts, and creates an open environment to expose and fix errors quickly. More technically, IT Governance is an approach to IT solutions that integrates business needs, technology trends, innovation, best practices and quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC)… Read More
More than 400 Department of Executive Services (DES) employees came together over two sessions on March 3 for the third annual DES All-Hands Meeting to build understanding of how DES employees contribute to the success of King County, support key priorities and how the department and the County can help them be more successful. Department Director Caroline Whalen wanted to bring the department’s employees together to build on the responses from the recent King County Employee Survey, share some successes from the department’s focus on customer service, and hear from King County… Read More
On Wednesday Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) celebrated an impressive feat: reducing the County’s shelter euthanasia rate for dogs and cats to 12 percent, down from 40 in 2008. King County Executive Dow Constantine met with animal welfare advocates at a Petco in Kirkland to commend the dramatic turnaround. The store has partnered with RASKC to showcase animals that are available for adoption, and has helped increase outreach and awareness to the overall community. “The people of King County want to know that every cat and dog has a safe,… Read More