Telling the stories of King County employees
Cross-posted from Keeping King County Green King County employees and partners achieved environmental successes throughout King County in 2022, in cities, unincorporated communities, and natural areas from the foothills of the Cascades to the shorelines of Puget Sound. It’s the year we clearly demonstrated what we can achieve when we fully apply the principles of Clean Water Healthy Habitat, unifying our work across divisions and initiatives to achieve better results faster for people, fish, and wildlife. Read more.
Cross-posted from Executive Services Express A paper on the King County Trusted Partner Network will be published in the international Journal of Business Continuity and Emergency Planning. Upon submission, which was by request of the publication, the article received rave reviews. The paper, by Sheri Badger, Public Information Officer (pictured left), and Susanna Trimarco, Public Outreach Specialist, explains how the Trusted Partner Network distributes messages through the Alert King County system to various language and ethnic communities. Read more.
Cross-posted from Executive Services Express Equity Express, a new periodic feature showcasing equity work in Records and Licensing Services (RALS), hosted by D’Alice Craig, RALS Equity and Social Justice Change Team member. This first segment highlights the Pet Food Bank at Regional Animal Services. Watch the video here.
Our top priority is your safety and security at work, and we are continuing to partner with law enforcement, community, and other governments to ensure a safer, more welcoming environment in and around our facilities. This video gives tips on how to be aware about your surroundings and having an action plan in case you run into potentially troubling situations. Check out the video and watch for additional videos with safety tips this year. For more information on employee safety programs and resources, see the Future of Work Personal Safety at Work intranet page (employees… Read More
From connecting people with affordable housing to building a new plan to address the behavioral health crisis to providing free transit for young people to putting battery-electric buses on the road, we’ve made big progress this year. Read all about the Top 22 accomplishments of 2022 from Executive Constantine here.
A high wind warning is in effect today, Tuesday, Dec. 27, from approximately 1 p.m. until 1 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, with a risk of power outages in King County. Here are helpful emergency preparedness resources: Power outages: If you are teleworking and experience a power outage that affects your ability to effectively work remotely, please contact your supervisor to discuss other options for completing work tasks. These may include taking leave or working from your regular King County worksite. If you work on site, please be prepared for winter weather. Have a plan… Read More
The contract between Regence and Optum, the parent company of Everett Clinic and The Polyclinic, is approved effective immediately. If you are enrolled in the Regence KingCare PPO, there will be no disruption to your coverage. If you have questions, please call Regence BlueShield at 800-376-7926 from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pacific time, Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. You can also contact the King County Benefits team at 206-684-1556 or email KC Benefits. Your patience and understanding in this process has been appreciated.
Each January, certain members of Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) Plan 2 have the opportunity to make a permanent transfer to PERS Plan 3. You are eligible to transfer to Plan 3 if you are an active PERS Plan 2 member who began service before Sept. 1, 2002, and you will earn service credit in January. Use the resources on the DRS website to help you decide if transferring to Plan 3 is right for you. To transfer from Plan 2 to Plan 3, complete a Member Transfer form and return it by mail or email by… Read More
Cross-posted from Public Health Insider Freezing rain is in the forecast for Thursday night and Friday morning. When rain freezes, ice weighs down trees and powerlines, so there are predictions of widespread power outages from emergency management. Power outages are more than an inconvenience. When temperatures are cold, power outages can become emergency situations. Get ready ahead of time to avoid dangers if the electricity goes out. Read more.
The King County Correctional Guild recently delivered almost 3400 diapers along with 180 other hygiene items to Westside Baby, located in West Seattle. “We learned about the need for diapers and wipes, along with other items such as baby shampoo, from a volunteer at Westside Baby and wanted to help,” said Officer Donald Moen. “Many of our members are familiar with just how expensive these items are and were more than happy to contribute.” The Guild took the opportunity to make it a friendly competition between the different shifts that work at… Read More
Cross-posted from Executive Services Express Carol Basile recently took on the role of Deputy Director for the Finance and Business Operations Division. She is very familiar with the role, having previously served in this capacity for nearly two years from 2013 to 2015. Carol has been King County’s Chief Treasury Officer since 2019 where she has overseen a number of Treasury team successes. She has also been a key contributor and a member of the leadership team on the Property Tax Administration System (PTAS) technology project. To ensure transitions run smoothly, Carol will… Read More
This edition marks the final video in a four-part series, closing out the community conversation that was jointly produced with Native American Leadership Council (NALC) and the Office of Equity and Social Justice in partnership with community members. In video 1, NALC members shared stories of how community advocacy can lead to policy and systems change within institutions. Indigenous Peoples Day as a paid holiday within King County being one example of that. In video 2, Urban Native Education Alliance emphasized the importance and benefit of funding Native centered programming and curriculum… Read More
Last year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, King County implemented a plan that allowed for up to 80 hours of leave for COVID-related reasons. The program began Aug. 10, 2021 and is scheduled to end Dec. 31, 2022. Requests to use COVID Leave will only be processed through Dec. 31, 2022. Additionally, any previously awarded COVID Leave that has not been used by Dec. 31, 2022, will be removed. You can read more about the program at Accessing leave during COVID-19 – King County and Taking leave – King County. As a reminder,… Read More
King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) is partnering with the Snohomish Conservation District to offer both in-person and online classes ranging from landscaping with native plants to growing a food forest. These free classes are part of the Department of Natural Resources and Parks Environmental Education Programs. Read more.
Cross-posted from Public Health Insider By now you may have heard that we’re experiencing high cases of flu and RSV (a respiratory disease), with young children being hospitalized. With cold weather, we spend more time inside, which increases the potential for another surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the coming months. Diseases like RSV, the flu, and COVID-19 are airborne and spread easily indoors. With that in mind, it’s important to pay attention to indoor air quality. Read more.
During the cold and flu season, it’s a good idea to test yourself regularly for COVID-19 whenever you start not feeling well or before visiting groups of people indoors. There are free COVID-19 tests available while supplies last at www.covidtests.gov or sayyescovidhometest.org. Manufacturers now say the tests are good for 12 months.
Cross-posted from the Sheriff’s Office newsletter The annual Skyway Shop with a Cop event was held recently at the Renton Walmart. Over 80 children and their families showed up and were warmly greeted by volunteers and deputies from around the agency. Each registered child was paired with a deputy to walk through the store to select the child’s choice of items. The event was supported by the Alajawan Brown Foundation. The Covington Shop with a Cop event also took place at the local Walmart. This year, approximately 180 children participated, with each child given approximately… Read More
Cross-posted from Executive Services Express Jacqueline Tabor, a member of the Records Management Program Team in Records and Licensing (RALS), recently returned from a whirlwind five-day Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association delegation trip marking the 65th anniversary of the sister city relationship. Read more.
Executive Dow Constantine recently announced significant gains this year by King County to restore access to high-quality salmon habitat, and that the county will soon embark upon a decade of projects to reopen at least 50% of the stream habitat currently blocked by county-owned roads and trails. The team of experts guiding King County’s Fish Passage Restoration Program estimates that by 2032 these projects will allow access for native salmon to freely swim to more than 250 stream miles. Read more and watch the video.
In 2016, King County launched its Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan, which has informed the direction for the County’s equity, racial, and social justice work since its development. To share just some of that work, King County has created the “ESJ Strategic Plan Highlights” – an online, interactive approach to presenting some of the County’s significant initiatives, efforts, and investments towards becoming anti-racist and pro-equity. Watch this video for an overview of the highlights with King County Executive Dow Constantine and Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Anita Whitfield. Spend time exploring the entire report to… Read More