Why our True North and Values are important When King County employees talk about why they chose to work here, the answers tend to be pretty similar: “I want to help my community.” “I want to make a difference in people’s lives.” “I want to do the work I really care about.” It’s no surprise that these responses are closely aligned with our True North – Making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive – because it’s a vision that succinctly captures the work that we do and why we do… Read More
Basic Data Visualization, Oct 9: Our ability to gather and collect data has steadily increased over the past decade. But data alone is not information and does not easily convey a compelling story. This half-day introductory course will allow participants to understand why data visualization is important, explore ways to tell a story with data, and mock up data visualizations in whiteboard exercises, using tips explored in class. Register and learn more. View more training and development opportunities at www.kingcounty.gov/learning.
Crossposted from Metro Matters What started as a small King County Metro fleet of 21 vans and 189 riders in 1979 is now the nation’s largest public fleet of vanpools. Today there are over 1,600 vans that carry 11,000 riders and drivers each day. Public commuter van riders, on average, take six single-occupancy vehicles off the road each weekday, which annually reduces 48 million vehicle miles, saves more than 2 million gallons of fuel and prevents 50 million pounds of greenhouse gas from entering our atmosphere—that’s 22 million metric tons. Learn more about… Read More
Crossposted from Tails from RASKC Wrigley is one cool cat who exudes cool cat vibes. This handsome 12 year old guy is very relaxed and chill. Wrigley enjoys the company of humans and all the love and affection they give him. He does well with other cats (and has previously lived with other cats), but would still do best with a slow introduction. He’s not a big fan of young children due to their high energy (they kind of kill his chill vibe). He may, however, do well with older children. Read… Read More
Salary: $24.64 – $31.23 Hourly Location: Multiple locations in King County, WA Job Type: Civil Service, Full Time, 40/hrs Wk Department: King County Sheriff’s Office Job Number: 2019-SD09970 Closing: 7/29/2019 11:59 PM Pacific Great opportunity to join the King County Sheriff’s Office team in an administrative support role. This position performs a wide variety of administrative and clerical duties, customer service support and/or oversight office coordination that is specialized and/or technical in nature, performed under limited supervision, according to department/unit assignment. This position is a civil service position, for information regarding King County… Read More
Last week, King County Elections (KCE) mailed out ballots to its 1.3 million voters. If you have not received your ballot, please call 206-296-VOTE (8683). There is a long list of important races on the Primary ballot this year – 56 races and 218 candidates to be exact. Drop your ballot in a drop box by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6; drop it in the mail (NOT interoffice mail!) to be postmarked by August 6; or visit a Vote Center.
Dear employee, Summer has finally arrived and with it comes the risk that we will once again experience unhealthy levels of air quality due to wildfire smoke. Washington state has declared a state of drought and there have already been a record number of small wildfires across western Washington this year. As a result of climate change, we should be prepared for more frequent and larger wildfires during Pacific Northwest summers. Before the smoke arrives, take steps to protect your health from smoke at home and work. When air quality is at unhealthy… Read More
King County Superior Court is exploring a new project: out-of-custody appearances via video. Not for everyone…but it could work for some. Learn more about where we are on this innovative idea. Listen now.
King County Executive Dow Constantine recently visited Dick Thurnau Memorial Park in White Center as part of his 100 miles in 100 days through King County Parks where he met with employees and checked out a new playground. “Parks Specialist Christian Loko took me to the new playground our staff installed with funds generated by the King County Parks Levy,” Executive Constantine said. “We ended at the White Center Bicycle Playground, which provides kids a safe place to learn how to ride bicycle. It is the first playground of its kind in the nation.” The parks… Read More
King County is protecting the health, safety and welfare of children in the dependency system and helping parents reunite with their children through its Family Treatment Court. The Family Treatment Court Program, started in August 2004, is an alternative option to dependency court for parents. Parents voluntarily enter the program and agree to increased court participation, chemical dependency treatment and intense case management in order to reunite with their children. “Family treatment court is not designed to be an adversarial type of program. It’s not designed to be litigious; it’s not based on… Read More
You may have heard me talk about what I call our True North: Making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. The True North is our “why,” what ties our work together, and what drives us do our best each and every day. Today I am launching our eight Executive Branch values that we will use to guide our actions and decision-making, and help us achieve our True North. They are the next step in our work of building a workplace culture of respect, innovation, and performance excellence. The eight values represent what is important to us as an organization – what we believe in, what we stand… Read More
Last month, King County was named to Forbes magazine’s list of “America’s Best-In-State Employers 2019.” King County was ranked number 16 on the list of best employers in Washington after a survey of more than 80,000 people nationwide. This recognition shows that we are making progress on our Investing in YOU strategy and our efforts to build a workplace culture of respect, innovation, and performance excellence. It also reinforces what we heard in our latest employee engagement survey, in which 79% of employees said they would recommend King County as a great place… Read More
Looking for some quick eats and free tunes this summer? Check out the food trucks from BBQ to Thai, at City Hall Park, on 4th Ave and Yesler Way. Upcoming concerts from noon to 1 p.m.: Tuesday, July 23: Happy Heartbreak Tuesday, July 30: Filion (Evie B) Click here for a complete schedule and menus of food trucks at City Hall Park, or for more information visit www.seattlefoodtruck.com. For the upcoming schedule of concerts and for more information, click here.
Salary: $70,688.00 – $95,068.00 Annually Location: Seattle, WA Job Type: Appointed Department: KCC – King County Council Job Number: 2019-10211 Closing: 7/24/2019 11:59 PM Pacific The Metropolitan King County Council is seeking a hardworking and detail-oriented Public Relations Specialist to provide production support on graphic design, social media, website updates, photography and email newsletters for the King County Council and the entire Legislative Branch. This is an exciting opportunity to join the King County Council as a contributing member of its Communications team. The Public Relations Specialist must be a detail-oriented, customer-focused, and self-motivated individual who works well… Read More
Basic Records Management, online: This course covers the basics of records management and the responsibilities of King County employees. It is required for most new employees by Executive Policy INF-15-6-EP. This class is available to King County employees online via the KC eLearning portal. If needed, learn how to logon to KC eLearning here. Sign in and start the class. View more training and development opportunities at www.kingcounty.gov/learning.
As urban areas across the United States grapple with hepatitis A outbreaks affecting people experiencing homelessness, Executive Constantine announced he is allocating $375,000 in new funding to expand free hepatitis A vaccinations to help prevent outbreaks in King County. In April, a King County man living without permanent housing was diagnosed with the disease, heightening concerns about the possibility of a local outbreak. Hepatitis A is highly contagious and can cause severe liver disease. Since 2017, Public Health – Seattle & King County has held dozens of free vaccine clinics for people… Read More
Crossposted from Tails from RASKC Looking for a spirited, fun-loving guy? Our Pet of the Week could be the one for you! Charlie is a young pittie mix looking for his forever home. His personality color is “Rambunctious Red.” He’s still working on his manners, so he will do best with a family who is willing to work with him and help him become the best dog he can be! Charlie is a very smart boy who already knows “sit” and “shake” and would love to learn more. This fun guy has lots of energy… Read More
King County employees can get discounted tickets to the Seattle Sounders FC vs. Sporting Kansas City at 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 4, at CenturyLink Field. Click here to buy tickets. All fans will receive their tickets via email 48 hours before the event. Questions? Contact Marco Rodriguez at 206-512-1257 or MarcoR@soundersfc.com. Employees and one guest will receive free admission to Emerald Downs Racetrack Sunday, July 21 for the King County Express Stakes, which includes the Fiesta Premio Esmeralda. Employees must show their King County ID at any of the 12 gates, which will… 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 July 30, July 31, and Aug. 1. 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.
Crossposted from Metro Matters In just seven years at King County Metro, Frank Wood has established himself as the kind of coworker his fellow mechanics want to have around. His supportive attitude and willingness to mentor new mechanics has inspired others and is a large part of why Wood was recently honored as Metro’s Vehicle Maintenance Employee of the Year for 2019. Wood accepted the award at East Base in front of family, coworkers, supervisors, and King County General Manager Rob Gannon. “Frank Wood has set a standard that his fellow mechanics look… Read More
King County Executive Dow Constantine recently rode 10 miles on Cedar River Trail, a 17.4-mile paved multi-use trail that runs along Cedar River from Landsburg to Lake Washington, as part of his 100 miles in 100 days through King County Parks. On the way back, he stopped at Cavanaugh Pond where King County staff updated him on a major floodplain project that will protect property and improve salmon habitat. “We are very fortunate in this region to have those kinds of resources like a regional trail network, and those who came before us had… Read More
Did you know that King County has many unique volunteer opportunities ranging from animal services to tackling climate change, and much more? Not only that, many employees can use up to three days of sick leave to give back to those causes. Volunteering with King County is an opportunity to give back to causes right here in your community. Volunteer opportunities include planting trees as part of King County’s effort to plant 1 Million Trees by 2020 to reduce carbon pollution; volunteering with Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) or temporarily… Read More
The King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Fast Ferry will remain in service the week of July 22-28. The scheduled temporary suspension of sailings on those dates has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date. The King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Fast Ferry look forward to providing service from the new facility as soon as work is completed. We apologize for the inconvenience and we will update you on changes as soon as possible. You can also visit your Employee Transportation Program (ETP) for information about your transportation benefits as… Read More
UPDATED 7/18/2019 The Water Taxi and Kitsap Fast Ferry will remain in service the week of July 22-28 The King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Fast Ferry will remain in service the week of July 22-28. The scheduled temporary suspension of sailings on those dates has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date. The King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Fast Ferry look forward to providing service from the new facility as soon as work is completed. We apologize for the inconvenience and we will update you on changes… Read More
Employee and employer contribution rates for the following retirement plans changed on July 1, 2019, as approved by the State Legislature. The PERS employer rate increased to 12.86% for PERS plan 3 and PERS JBM plans 1 and 3. The new contribution amounts will be deducted from your second paycheck in July: If you are paid every other Thursday, your new contribution will appear on your July 25 paycheck. If you are paid on the 5th and 20th of the month, your new contribution will appear on your July 19 paycheck. If… Read More