Telling the stories of King County employees
When the leaders of ATU Local 587, King County Metro, and Professional and Technical Employees Local 17 launched the Partnership To Achieve Comprehensive Equity, or PACE, in September of 2013, it signaled a binding commitment to build and enhance the processes, tools, and standards for advancing diversity and equal opportunity for all Metro employees. Since this landmark agreement, employees and managers serving on the Steering Committee have met regularly and have worked together to create a work plan for the coming year. Because the work of this effort is substantial, and because… Read More
The King County Recorder’s Office is now located on the fourth floor of the King County Administration Building, making it easier for customers to access documents, records, and marriage licenses and certificates. The Recorder’s Office made the move from the third floor of the Administration Building to put its services in easy reach of customers who enter the building from Fifth Avenue. “Our previous location on the third floor of the Administration Building was not easy for some customers to find, and the third floor had a split level with two separate… Read More
On National Adoption Day King County Superior Court Judge Dean Lum presides over the King County Presiding Court as dozens of King County foster parents legally adopt their foster kids. For Judge Lum, this festive day holds a special place in his heart. Watch a short KCTV video to learn more.
Application deadline: Monday 3/24/14 Salary: $21.51 – $27.27 Hourly / $1,720.80 – $2,181.60 Biweekly Department: Department of Adult & Juvenile Detention Description: This position with the King County Department of Adult & Juvenile Detention (DAJD), Community Corrections Division, provides administrative support to the Community Work Program (CWP) which includes supporting one program manager, two program coordinators, and eight work crew supervisors. The position is critical to the functioning of the Community Work Program. Duties include performing lead clerical, data entry, filing, and office support utilizing independent judgment in working with complex and/or sensitive information…. Read More
Hi Jon (Scherer, Recording Manager), I wanted to give a big thank you to Priscilla Harper for helping me with a critical situation and I asked for your information that I might let you know what she did for me. I believe recognition is important and here’s my story: My wife and I were married back in May, 2013 and we went through the normal process to send in our application and certificate of Marriage. Somehow, our documentation never arrived at the Recorder’s Office in time. I had paid for and kept receipts of when… Read More
On February 11, 2014, PBS NewsHour visited Juvenile Detention to film a story about Pongo Teen Writing – a volunteer, nonprofit organization – and the therapeutic impact of poetry on at-risk youth. Richard Gould, the founder and Executive Director of Pongo Publishing Teen Writing Project, has been helping troubled teens express themselves through poetry and has published their work in anthologies since mid-1970. He has volunteered his services at Juvenile Detention since 1998. Detained youth have responded to Mr. Gould’s encouragement and help by writing about traumatic events in their lives, such… Read More
On March 18, King County Executive Dow Constantine and bus riders across the county celebrated the contributions of our hard-working bus drivers, Access drivers and rail operators on Bus Driver Appreciation Day. Drivers work hard to drive safely, help riders board and exit, give directions and travel advice and stick to their schedules through tough traffic – and many riders around the county took the opportunity to recognize drivers on Bus Driver Appreciation Day. See below for the video of the official proclamation of the event given by Executive Constantine to Metro’s… Read More
For hours on end, bus drivers manage to keep a schedule, check fares, give directions, remember stop requests and more, all while safely maneuvering an extra-large vehicle through unpredictable traffic, adverse weather conditions and some really tight spaces! The fact is, bus drivers don’t have an easy job; they just make it look that way. On Tuesday, March 18, join us in celebrating the contributions of our hard-working bus drivers, Access drivers and rail operators. It can be as simple as a smile when you board the bus, and a “thank you”… Read More
The Department of Executive Services (DES) held its first-ever All-Hands Meeting on February 26 with more than 500 employees in the 832-person department taking part in one of the two sessions. The All-Hands Meeting, which brought employees from DES’ 10 divisions, agencies and offices together as one department, featured a short video highlighting a dozen DES employees talking about how they “Deliver Excellent Service” every day; an overview of DES’ “clarity map” that will guide the department over the next 10 years; the results of a recent survey of DES employees focusing… Read More
Meet Tony, who’s been booked into King County Jail more than twenty times. He has Hepatitis C, an enlarged liver, and a long history of alcoholism. He’s getting treated while in jail, but what happens when he gets out? The link between jail-time and medical needs — and how the Affordable Care Act can change the equation — is the focus of Ruby de Luna’s new report for KUOW. The revolving door for jail prisoners — who come back multiple times — often has a link to inaccessible medications or untreated drug and alcohol addictions. For… Read More
Over the past few years, the Department of Judicial Administration’s (DJA) management team has held an employee contest to design a logo to go along with the departmental theme for the year. The 2014 theme is “Better Together.” This theme reflects how successful we are when we all work together, across divisions, up and down the chain of command. DJA employees are truly skilled and talented, and the logo submissions just keep getting better and better, making the decision more difficult each year. Congratulations to the winner of DJA’s contest for her… Read More
The Department and Community and Human Service’s YouthSource employees have brought a new way of delivering great customer service to youth in South King County that’s making it easier for clients to access important resources and services. YouthSource, a service of DCHS’ Community Services Division, is a youth one-stop center located at WorkSource Renton that offers a full array of programs for young adults, ages 16-21, who have dropped out of high school. YouthSource’s programs focus on education, employment and leadership development. It also provides connections to youth programs, community resources for… Read More
It’s tax time. Do you know how to document your charitable deductions through the workplace? One of the great benefits of workplace giving is that you have all of your documentation in one place. Payroll Deduction: Copy of Pledge Form or Printout from PeopleSoft and last pay stub of the year. Time Donation: Copy of Pledge Form or Printout from PeopleSoft, Letter from EGP, and Time Donation Paystub/last paystub of the year. Read more here. All tax situations are different and may require additional documentation. The EGP cannot provide tax advice; for… Read More
To read the most recent issue of Retirement Outlook with the latest news from the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS), go online to http://www.drs.wa.gov/outlook/active. There, you can also read past issues of the Retirement Outlook newsletter. If you have questions, contact King County Benefits, Payroll and Retirement Operations at 206-684-1556 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Solid Waste Division’s outreach to the Spanish-speaking community received two awards from the Puget Sound chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) at its annual Totem Awards Celebration February 6. The Recicla más. ¡Es facilísimo! Spanish language curbside recycling program received two certificates of excellence this year. One certificate is for radio advertising, multicultural communication category, in which the radio ad was recognized for its research into the audience needs and identification of cultural elements which would resonate with the audience, making the radio ad groundbreaking in its approach. The… Read More
Starting March 10, employees can apply for one of 10 internal Bridge Fellowships that will help them develop their careers, grow their organizational knowledge, and enhance their leadership skills at King County. The Internal Bridge Fellowship Program is a one-year, formal development program that is open to all regular (full-time) and TLT employees. Ten fellows will be selected for the first cohort. Candidates can be individual contributors, supervisors or managers. Each candidate must have leadership potential (demonstrated at work, at home, or in the community) and a desire to advance across the… Read More
The Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC) communications and outreach effort also won a Certificate of Excellence from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Puget Sound Chapter. The award was given in the Community Relations Program category for the communications planning and work that culminated in the successful Public Open House in March 2013. Congratulations to the CFJC communications team on this prestigious honor.
Application deadline: First screen date will be 3/18/14 Salary: $75,400.00 – $95,576.00 Annually Department: Department of Natural Resources & Parks – Director’s Office Description: This position will report to Department of Natural Resources and Park’s Chief Financial Officer as part of a team (including an existing Project/Program Manager IV and a Strategic Development Analyst, with administrative support from an Administrator II) which provides technical guidance and leadership to multi-agency and multi-disciplinary teams within DNRP’s four diverse operating divisions. This team supports the DNRP divisions across a range of functions, including business planning, financial… Read More
“This morning started out really rough for me. My car broke down so my only way of getting to school was the bus. As I started towards the bus stop I noticed the 106 coming so I started running, still more than a half block from the stop the bus pulls over and waits for me. I was so thankful for this act of kindness ‘cause she made it possible for me to get to the connecting 71 and arrive at school with time to spare. I don’t ride the bus that… Read More
“I just got off the route 14 to Mt Baker station and had a Wonderful experience with my driver. He was thoughtful, encouraging, kind, and caring. I could tell he really took the time to get to know his riders and make them feel comfortable. :)” – Kirra M. On hearing of the customer’s comments, Operator Brooks said getting this commendation was the best part of his morning, and he was very thankful to hear it.