Telling the stories of King County employees
Crossposted from Clean Water Stories King County’s WaterWorks Grant Program is fulfilling its mission to invest in clean water and community partnerships. The King County Council recently passed an ordinance to approve the funding, moving work forward on projects around the region that will include restoring damaged habitat, building green infrastructure and providing youth education and internship opportunities. Sixty nine local environmental projects that protect water quality, control pollution and build healthy communities will receive funding through King County’s WaterWorks Grant Program. Read more from Clean Water Stories
Crossposted from Balanced You Would you like to stress less this year? Give one of our popular mindfulness classes a try! Balanced You has partnered with Mindfulness Northwest to offer classes at county worksites, online, and in the community. Classes are available to King County employees free-of-charge, subject to availability. See the January to March 2020 calendar at the link below. Mindfulness classes are one more way King County is Investing in YOU. Contact Balanced You with questions at BalancedYou@kingcounty.gov or 206-263-9626. Read more from Balanced You
Balanced You knows that financial wellness is important to you and your well-being. As such, King County employees are eligible for 90 days of confidential, unbiased money coaching through My Secure Advantage (MSA) every year. You can take the first step with MSA by opening an account and taking the online financial assessment. If you take the assessment before February 14, 2020, MSA will enter you into a drawing to receive a $100 Amazon gift card! Visit the Balanced You blog for more information.
Cold, wintry weather is forecast for next week, with the potential snow and ice, so please be prepared for possible delays to your commute and impacts to business operations. As always, have a plan for your commute, dress warmly, and let safety be your guide when making commute decisions. Stay informed: Make sure you’re getting the latest King County information at work and at home in the event of inclement weather: Call the Employee Hotline—206-205-8600 (save it to your phone now!). Check your King County email for specific directives and updates. Log… Read More
Salary: $22.24 – $28.33 Hourly Location: WA 98057-2906, WA Job Type: Career Service, Full Time, 35 hrs/week Department: KCE – King County Elections Job Number: 2019RL11109 Division: Voter Services Closing: 1/14/2020 11:59 PM Pacific Learn more about this position or view all available positions.
LB is a 7 year-old male Heeler mix (A478953). His personality color is GREEN, meaning he is an adaptable dog who loves to go with the flow! This handsome boy is very smart and is currently practicing how to “sit,” “shake,” and “stay.” He tends to calm down more when people around him stay calm, and he does best when he gets lots of exercise and something to keep his mind busy. LB was brought in by his previous family because they could no longer care for him. They described him as… Read More
Dear King County employee, Please join us in honoring our nation’s foremost human rights leader and our County’s namesake, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, noon to 1 p.m. at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101. The theme for our 2020 Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is “Yes, we are on the move and no wave of racism can stop us. We are on the move now.” This year’s keynote is by john a. powell, Director, Othering & Belonging Institute, University of California, Berkeley. For more information contact Matias.Valenzuela@kingcounty.gov… Read More
You and your spouse or significant other are invited to learn more about saving for retirement with the King County Deferred Compensation Plan. Several in-person sessions are coming up Jan. 14, 15, and 16, including: Social Security Simplified Retirement Ready Savings Strategies Financial Wellness Women and Retirement See details and registration. Other education sessions are offered throughout the year. For more information about Deferred Compensation Plan education—including webinars—go to the Deferred Compensation web page. If you have any questions, please contact KC Deferred Comp.
Snow warnings for this week are a reminder to be prepared for seasonal weather hazards. While winter can be wonderful, it can also be quite dangerous unless you’re prepared. Snow, ice, floods, and strong windstorms are just a few of the seasonal weather hazards that can impact our region. Being prepared for winter emergencies not only protects our families and property now, but also provides peace of mind for unpredictable disasters such as earthquakes. While we can’t stop winter from happening, we can get ready for it. Take steps today to plan for how you will weather this… Read More
Crossposted from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Facebook It’s tough to do an interview about Colleen McIngalls because she just wants to talk about how great her Protection Order Advocacy Program team is. Colleen arrived at the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (PAO) a little more than two years ago. Prior to joining the PAO, she spent 11 years at Victim Support Services, serving her last three years with the organization as Director of Victim Services. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Seattle University in the Masters in Criminal Justice Department and teaches… Read More
King County had a big day on Nov. 21, 2019 – the first two-way radio communication on a new wireless network that will handle public safety response for the next 20 plus years was held. This is the Puget Sound Emergency Radio Network (PSERN). PSERN is managed by the Emergency Radio Communications Division, a division within King County’s Information Technology Department (KCIT), responsible for a nearly $300 million project that will serve first responders throughout King County. The PSERN Project is expanding and updating the current system’s technology, and this work involves:… Read More
Each January, certain members of Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) Plan 2 have the opportunity to transfer to PERS Plan 3. You are eligible to transfer to Plan 3 if you meet all of the following criteria: You enrolled in PERS Plan 2 before Sept. 1, 2002. You are currently in an eligible position. You will earn service credit in January. Here’s how: Use the resources on the DRS website to help you decide if transferring to Plan 3 is right for you. Complete a DRS Member Transfer Form Return it to the King County Benefits, Payroll… Read More
Departments all over King County government are working hard to move our county forward, and closer to our Equity and Social Justice goals. Join us at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Festival to learn how we’re moving forward, and share what you are doing to make King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. When: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Where: Chinook Building, 121/123 For more information, contact Brooke McConnaughey at BMcConnaughey@kingcounty.gov.
Hi! My name is Pumpkin and I am available for adoption. I was brought in by a good samaritan on December 13th, 2019. I’m a bit of a scaredy guy at first but if you take things slow and get to know me, I’m actually a really cool dude! I love to play fetch, pretend that I’m the size of a lap dog and curl up in your lap and just hang out with my people. I love to go for walks and I pride my self on walking super nice and right next to my… Read More
We wish our employees and residents a Happy New Year! May 2020 bring you many exciting opportunities and wonderful moments! Despite the dark days we’ve had lately, remember what the Beatles sang, “here come’s the sun, it’s alright.” Look forward to this new year with reassurance the light will always come through.
Dear fellow King County employee, Everywhere you look King County is moving forward. We are growing, we are building, and we are leading. And it is your efforts – and those of each of our King County colleagues – that are moving us forward and helping us build on our progress and successes. Thanks to your talent, creativity, and hard work these last 12 months, we were able to deepen our investments, open new facilities, and rethink how we provide even more effective services. What we achieved together this year is… Read More
Crossposted from the DES Express Susan Broome knows a little something about being a high performer. She was a sweep rower in the 1988 Summer Olympics, competing against the world’s best in Seoul. “Broome” is also a suitable aptronym – a name perfect for her role. “People always get a kick out of that,” she said. Broome was in the premier boat in the Women’s eight in the 1988 Olympics. As a sweep rower on the port side, she was among the top four rowers in the U.S. Broome also competed at… Read More
Salary: $30.75 – $38.98 Hourly Location: WA 98121, WA Job Type: Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week Department: DCHS – Community & Human Services Job Number: 2019SC11051 Closing: 1/5/2020 11:59 PM Pacific Learn more about this position or view all available positions.
The Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) has advised that on Dec. 18, 2019, the Thurston County Superior Court issued an order temporarily restraining certain state agencies, including the Department of Retirement Systems, from releasing information in response to a public records request DRS received for certain items of information “for each person currently employed by a public employer in Washington.” The court has scheduled a hearing on Dec. 27, 2019, to determine if the order should be made permanent. A copy of the order is available here. Read more on the DRS website. For… Read More
Crossposted from Tails from RASKC Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) continues to set the standard when it comes to saving animals’ lives. This year, more than 4,100 dogs, cats, and other animals in our care were adopted to new families or returned to their lost owner. Because of this amazing work, we expect to achieve another organizational milestone in 2019, reaching a live release rate for dogs and cats of 95%. This again puts RASKC in rare company for public, open-admission animal shelters in the United States. The credit for this… Read More