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Originally posted in King County Sheriff’s Office News Recently, Sound Transit Resource Deputies Steve Wright and Marshall Smith were assisting BNSF Railway police with contacting the occupants of the pictured encampment, located on rail property near Skyway. As the photos show, the encampment wasn’t suitable for anyone to be living in or around. However, Deputies Wright and Smith found a woman and her 21-month-old son living here. The woman said she and her son had been living in the encampment for over a year. Deputies Wright and Smith knew they needed to… Read More
King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell have appointed Dr. Faisal Khan, a 25-year leader in public health at global, state and local levels – as the Director of Public Health – Seattle & King County. “Dr. Khan has the experience and expertise to lead Public Health into the next phase, and he brings a fresh perspective to serving the people of King County,” said Executive Constantine. “We look forward to his leadership as our dedicated employees continue our national reputation for excellence in public health and health equity… Read More
Cross-posted from Public Health Insider Babies and young children ages six months and up recently became eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. If you’re the parent of a child under age five, you may be cracking open the champagne, or you may be still wondering if getting vaccinated is the right move for your child. Either way, we understand where you’re coming from. It’s normal and natural to have questions, especially when it comes to children’s health and Public Health Insder has answers to common questions. Read more.
Cross-posted from Cultivating Connections June 18 marked the one-year anniversary of the first Veteran being housed through the Collaborative Case Management (CCM) program. King County launched a first-in-the-nation pilot program to help veterans experiencing homelessness connect to safe and stable housing in April 2021. Since the launch of CCM to date, the program has helped 75 Veterans find and move into permanent housing and 133 (out of an initial allotment of 142) VASH vouchers were issued for Veterans to utilize to find housing so far. Read more.
Disability Pride celebrates the important history of the disability civil rights movement and recognizes contributions that people with disabilities make in workplaces and communities. All King County employees are welcome and encouraged to participate in Disability Pride Month events. Join the conversation that honors the lived experience of King County employees with disabilities and highlights continued efforts to advance disability equity and justice in King County. Movie and Discussion: Crip Camp Watch and discuss the Sundance Festival award-winning documentary Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution, which tells the story of Camp Jened,… Read More
Originally posted in King County Sheriff’s Office News The King County Sheriff’s Office and Muckleshoot Tribal Police partnered and participated in a recent Pride event at the Muckleshoot Pow Wow grounds. This event was monumental as it marked the first Pride event for the community. In attendance were Chief Val Kelly, MRO Sergeant Corbett Ford, and Communications Liaison Zoe Birkbeck. Muckleshoot Tribal Police Detective Jason Rich and Deputy Damian Walburn were also there to hand out pride beads and bracelets and meet with community members.
King County employees and their families are invited to attend the Emerald Downs racetrack for King County Day on Sunday July 10. They will receive free admission and should check in at Will-Call to receive their tickets. Employees will need to show proof of current employment, such as an employee badge or recent paystub. Part of the Family Fun Weekend event, gates open at 9 a.m., and the first race of the day is at 2.15 p.m. Throughout the day from 1-5 p.m. children can also participate in several games and activities… Read More
Originally posted in King County Sheriff’s Office News On Thursday June 16, law enforcement throughout the state participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for the Special Olympics. The mission is to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics movement, and several King County contract city partners also participated. Shoreline, Burien, Sound Transit, Sammamish, Maple Valley, and Covington ran or walked alongside community members and King County Deputy Kristi Bridgman, who led the effort. There were also two Special Olympic athletes in attendance, both of whom have been participating in… Read More
Originally posted in the June edition of Roll Call, the newsletter for the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention Commander Todd Clark’s deep experience working for King County jails made him a wealth of institutional knowledge. At the end of April, Clark stepped down from the commander’s role for both the Seattle and Kent divisions. He had been leading the Seattle Division since 2020, following Gordon Karlsson’s retirement. In the fall of 2021, he took on the added role as commander of the Maleng Regional Justice Center, after Ed Bautista retired. Clark’s… Read More
The King County Bar Association (KCBA) recently presented Judge Jim Rogers with its 2022 Outstanding Judge Award. KCBA lauded Judge Rogers for his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. Judge Rogers served as Presiding Judge of Superior Court from 2019 through the end of 2021. During his tenure as Presiding Judge, King County Superior Court held hundreds of trials while courts across the nation remained closed. Read more.
Cross-posted from Public Health Insider After a winter that stayed too long, a cooler than average spring, and as summer moves in with the promise of endless sunshine, so do the annual summer farmers markets that emerge across the county each year. For many residents, buying fresh local food at one of the 30-plus farmers markets is a highly-anticipated seasonal ritual. These market programs provide communities with access to local, fresh, affordable, and culturally relevant produce. Read more.
With today’s ruling by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, a number of large-scale protests will take place in our region beginning today. Several protests are planned, including: Westlake Park in downtown Seattle today and tomorrow at 5 p.m. Federal Building at 915 Second Avenue at 5 p.m. today Yesler Terrace Park at 5 p.m. today Redmond Downtown Park at 5 p.m. today. Additional protests may also take place. Please expect disruptions to traffic in and around the downtown core. Be prepared for these impacts and allow extra time when… Read More
By Dow Constantine, King County Executive This morning’s ruling by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade is the culmination of a decades-long strategy by right-wing zealots to strip the essential right to abortion care from millions of Americans. On a personal level, I am outraged that my daughter will come of age in a society that treats her as a second-class citizen, without authority even over her own body; in a country that lacks basic supports for families, like universal paid family leave and affordable access to quality child care;… Read More
Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 26 to join with colleagues and represent King County in the 2022 Seattle Pride Parade. Participants will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to participate. Marchers can join the King County contingent on 4th Ave, between Columbia and Cherry, from 1 to 1:30 p.m. See the parade and staging area map below. To get the full logistics and stay up to date on all things related to the Pride Parade, email email@example.com with the subject line “PRIDE Info.”
While the idea of a ‘storefront’ police officer is not new to King County – Kent, White Center, Skyway, Seatac, and others have had them several years – Burien has only recently joined in with the practice of having a fulltime presence in the downtown business district. The storefront is more of a community-focused, old-school approach to policing. It’s basically having an officer who’s out there most every day, walking a beat. “It allows us to look at problem solving instead of crisis response,” said Burien Police Chief Ted Boe. People feel… Read More
You might have noticed a change the last time you logged in to PeopleSoft. As part of an upgrade earlier this month, the Business Resource Center (BRC) implemented a new look and feel to the interface, including new icons. While the old icons served their purpose to illustrate the tasks and functions, they didn’t reflect the diversity of our workforce and the communities we come from. They also weren’t designed to be accessible for people with vision impairments. “All employees, at one time or another, access PeopleSoft for payroll, benefits, or other… Read More
The King County Council and King County Executive Constantine have formally proclaimed June 19, 2022, as JUNETEENTH. “Juneteenth is an important opportunity to honor the principles of the Declaration of Independence and to celebrate the achievements and contributions African Americans have made, and continue to make, in King County and across the nation” the Council and Executive proclaimed. View the official proclamation below.
Quanetta West will serve as interim juvenile division director Submitted by the Department of Adult & Juvenile Detention (DAJD) Allen Nance is scheduled to take over for John Diaz as DAJD director effective June 25. Nance has served as juvenile division director since late 2019. “I am humbled by the opportunity to serve King County in this important role leading the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention and want to thank John Diaz for his leadership to the department and his lifelong commitment to public service,” Nance said in May, after Executive… Read More
Recently, The Seattle Times accompanied one of the King County noxious weed patrols on their rounds as they take on the determined garlic mustard weed. This group from the Department of Natural Resources and Parks’ Water and Land Division has the ongoing task of trying to keep certain weeds from taking over indigenous flora habitats in the region. The Times story is a great look at how King County crews on the frontline of environmental stewardship keep up this steady, important work. Read more. Photo: Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times
Data breaches are becoming more and more common these days. You hear about them in the news all the time. So you might be wondering: what exactly is a data breach? A data breach is when secure information is taken from a trusted environment without permission. The bad guys can use this information to steal your identity, hack into your online accounts, or use the information for targeted phishing attacks to gather even more information about you. However, just because the data was exposed does not necessarily mean it’s already being used… Read More