Telling the stories of King County employees
Dear Fellow Employee/Union Member: Recently the Joint Labor and Management Insurance Committee (JLMIC) agreed to modest changes in 2015 benefits that will lower the County’s costs and protect the health of employees and their families. Last year the County and labor announced a new way of negotiating benefits that allows us to adjust benefits more regularly so we can be more responsive to market conditions. To keep you updated the JLMIC created a website with background on who we are, how we negotiate and what’s happening with health care costs.
Meet the two newest Superior Court Judges, Judge Chad Allred and Judge Samuel Chung Judge Chad Allred – On May 9, 2014, Governor Jay Inslee appointed Chad Allred to the King County Superior Court bench. Judge Allred assumed the position previously occupied by Judge Trickey, who was appointed to the Washington Court of Appeals. Judge Allred spent 15 years in private practice, where his litigation experience included trade secrets, tortious interference, securities fraud, racketeering, trust and probate disputes, serious injuries, and some criminal defense. He also developed expertise in the Hague Convention on… Read More
If you are one of the over 4,000 employees who connect to King County email on a mobile device (mobile phone or tablet) we’d like tell you about a new service coming your way. This service is called Mobile Device Management (MDM) and it is designed to protect both your information and County information on your mobile device. You can benefit from this service whether you are using a County-owned or a personal device. Enrollment in the MDM system only takes a few minutes, and with it you get peace of mind… Read More
1. What was your first role at King County? Ironically (see below), I was a Rule 9 Summer Intern with the Juvenile Unit at the Prosecutor’s Office handling misdemeanor cases. 2. What do you do as Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney? I am currently the Chair of our Juvenile Unit and oversee the prosecution of all juvenile criminal matters in King County. 3. What do you like most about your job? The wonderful, dedicated employees of the PAO that I have the privilege of working with every day.
The Seattle nonprofit, Teen Feed, provides meals for homeless youth in the University District 365 days a year, something it is able to do with help from King County’s Employee Giving Program. “You are helping provide [homeless teens] what they need 24 hours a day,” Suzanee Sullivan the Development and Communications Director said at the EGP Ambassador Rally. The August 26 rally was held in preparation for the Annual Giving Drive that kicks off on September 24, 2014, and to encourage ambassadors to invite non-profit speakers from the thousands of nonprofits connected to… Read More
A customer called to express her thanks for the service she received from Tiffany Frank in the Recorder’s Office. You can listen to the customer’s voicemail here or read the transcript below. My name is Ernestine Rutledge and I’m a senior citizen that had to have some documents completed and recorded on my house and adding my daughter onto my deed and I just wanted to call and let you know that the people who are answering your phone are just absolutely wonderful. Everyone I talked to took the time and gave me… Read More
Last week’s earthquake in California is a good reminder that we need to be prepared for an earthquake in Washington state. Our goal is always to continue providing as many County services as possible in an emergency, while also ensuring the safety of our employees. When reporting to work, remember to let safety be your guide for commute decisions and while doing your job, and check with your supervisor or manager for specific information or directions. Please follow these general tips on earthquake preparedness both at home and at work:
Like many County employees, you may be using PST (Outlook data) files to store email that has outgrown your mailbox. Although using PSTs have been the County’s preferred practice for some time, this fall we are beginning the process to move all data contained in PSTs to Exchange Archive Mailboxes with the PST Replacement Project. Please note that the ability to store a large volume of email records in the Exchange Archive Mailbox does not satisfy or remove your responsibility to manage your email. Remember, your email records are County property which… Read More
King County Courthouse, Presiding Courtroom, 9:00 a.m., the second Wednesday of the month…the jury box fills with eager and excited men and women of different ages, races, and backgrounds all filled with a sense of accomplishment. Proud children, spouses, significant others, mothers, fathers, grandparents, counselors, and attorneys gather as spectators in the benches. Everyone is waiting for the King County Drug Court judges to emerge from chambers and preside over a remarkable event – an event marking the completion of a minimum 11-month demanding and sometimes grueling program, the dismissal of felony… Read More
In December of 2011 we implemented an Internet Gateway Filter to prevent users from accessing inappropriate (as defined by the county’s Acceptable Use Policy) or malicious web sites that can infect computers with viruses. Why do we need a filter? The King County network experiences an average of 100,000 malware attacks each week, 90% of which originate from the Internet. The Internet Gateway Filter helps to significantly reduce these incidents, resulting in less downtime and increased productivity. In September we will be making some changes, and moving the function to a different… Read More
Seattle University’s CitySoil Farm collaborated with Ricardo Israel, a local artist and Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) South Treatment Plant employee, and the Renton Area Youth Services (RAYS) to design an aerosol art mural in Renton. Ricardo designed and created the center piece of the art installation and the youth group made several quarter-sized pieces to surround the centerpiece. The students created images of bugs, flowers, trees, fruits and vegetables. The mural will be displayed on the treatment plant’s fence facing Grady Way, and visible to passersby from I-405. Views of the mural will… Read More
On average, Americans waste 25 percent of all the food they buy. While most people think they’re not wasting much food, studies show that Americans waste much more food than they think they do. “In collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency Region 10, King County’s Solid Waste Division (SWD) has developed the Food: Too Good To Waste program to bring awareness to the environmental and financial impacts of wasting food and to offer residents helpful tips on reducing food waste,” said Karen May, the program’s manager. Food waste makes up the largest… Read More
On Monday, July 28, King County staff spent a valuable morning learning more about the richness of ethnic and disability media in King County. The event included a panel of ethnic and disability media journalists, a networking session, and a Q&A session with Executive Constantine. The event provided various opportunities for King County employees and the Executive to interact with the ethnic and disability media. Panelists shared great advice about working with ethnic and disability media to serve the growing diversification of people living in King County. “We encourage you to contact… Read More
Application deadline: Wed. 08/27/14 4:00 PM Salary: $93,329 – $118,310 Department: Department of Permitting and Environmental Review Description: Serve as a hands-on human resources professional to administer the department’s legal and policy obligations in the area of personnel, and work in partnership with others to seek full compliance. Serve as the department’s advisor on personnel matters. Supervise the department’s compensation / benefits / attendance staff. Learn more about this position or view all available jobs.
I wanted to thank this driver for avoiding the freeway backup due to the incident on the freeway, and finding a way to get folks home as fast as he could. He even offered suggestions for people who needed to go directly to Shoreline. I took his advice, and got home 3 hours sooner than I expected given the situation. Since I had worked all day and visited a friend in the hospital before going home, I couldn’t afford to be stuck on the freeway and miss an online test due at… Read More
Like radio host Sandy Macdonald, King County employees do lots of interesting things in their “other lives” in addition to the work they do for King County. Do you have another life outside of your King County work that you’d like to share with your colleagues? Email us the details at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us with the hashtag #kcotherlives (remember to follow us @kcemployees), and we will feature your stories in upcoming editions of Employee News.
Employees commuting to/from downtown Seattle for work on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 25 and 26, should prepare for upcoming transit delays and reroutes on State Route 99 and Aurora Avenue North as the state closes sections of the roadway for construction 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22 through 5 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27. Seventeen routes will be directly affected by either delays, reroutes or both during the construction closures. Riders can go online to see reroute information for five Aurora Avenue North bus routes. Riders on another 12 bus routes should prepare for… Read More
At a Seattle Storm basketball game, 80 Zumba instructors performed for the half time show. Sitting in the crowd, Lilian Yetter thought that might be something she’d want to try. “They were looking like they had so much fun. One lady I focused on out of the 80 instructors out there had this big smile on her face, and I was watching her thinking, ‘wow, this is really cool,’” Yetter said. So Yetter joined a local gym to learn Zumba, and was greeted by none other than the Zumba instructor with the… Read More
The employees of King County’s Noxious Weed Program know they can’t stop the spread of invasive plants on their own, so they’re bringing a secret weapon to the fight – local residents and businesses. “We try to teach people enough so they can do better at controlling these plants. A lot of people want to control noxious weeds and invasive plants, but not everyone knows how. We offer that expertise,” said Sasha Shaw, the noxious weed education specialist. Throughout the year, staff from the program attend public events to answer questions about… Read More
When Sandy Macdonald isn’t working as a civil rights investigator, he is playing music – as a radio host, producer and in a band. “I just enjoy playing the music and I enjoy being part of live radio,” Macdonald said. An 18-year employee with what is now King County’s Office of Civil Rights and Open Government, Sandy gets in the radio booth every second and fourth Sunday of the month to host 91.3 KBCS’s show, “Sunday Folks” from 9 a.m. to noon. The show describes itself as “A morning mix of traditional… Read More