Telling the stories of King County employees
There are 1.4 million registered voters in King County. Voter registration in the Department of Elections is an intense, customer service focused team tasked with ensuring county residents get to exercise their right to vote. Handling phone calls, emails, in-person visitors, and thousands of online registration updates keeps this team in constant motion. When Kim Streeter, a Program Supervisor for the Department of Elections, was approached by King County’s Supported Employment Program to hire staff for a pilot program, it seemed like a great fit for all parties. King County’s Supported Employment Program matches… Read More
King County Administrative Professionals are a large part of King County government’s workforce and valuable contributors to the success of every department. They support and provide direct services to internal customers and the public. Administrative Professionals may include, but are not limited to, Administrative Specialists, Office Assistants, Executive Assistants, Customer Service Specialists, Dental and Medical Assistants, Court Clerks, and more. Celebrate the great work of Administrative Professionals and read about their accomplishments:.2022 Q2 Recognitions. To show your appreciation and recognize an Administrative Professional that you’ve worked with, click here.
As King County hosts a four-day national conference of clean water agencies, Executive Dow Constantine showed progress toward making the region’s wastewater treatment system more resilient to climate impacts. King County crews are preparing to install on-site batteries at West Point Treatment Plant, providing operators with an uninterruptable power supply when voltage sags occur. It’s the latest in a series of improvements to make the 56-year-old treatment plant more resilient to climate impacts. Read more.
By Dorian Esper-Taylor Disability Equity Specialist, Office of Equity and Social Justice and Jennifer Mechem, ADA/Civil Rights Section Manager, Office of Equity and Social Justice Today marks the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) being signed into law on July 26, 1990. One of the most influential civil rights marches was not a march, it was a crawl. Part of a series of demonstrations that included all forms of mobility, the Capitol Crawl on March 12, 1990, was a key moment in the path to the Americans with Disabilities… Read More
By Dow Constantine, King County Executive On the 32nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), with our work to become a pro-equity and anti-racist government, we also recognize that disability is intersectional, and that the ADA remains a crucial tool in addressing the persistent discrimination experienced by persons with disabilities.
The Water Taxi is a cool way to beat the heat. It’s operating on its summer sailing season, with seven-days-a-week service to and from West Seattle, including midday sailings, and Friday and Saturday night service. Don’t forget your dog or cat, or your bike! Hop aboard for a 15-minute ride across Elliott Bay while enjoying panoramic views of the Seattle skyline, Mount Rainier, and the Olympics. You can walk to the Mariners game or the Sounders match. When riding from downtown to West Seattle, you can take a shuttle from the Seacrest Dock that will take… Read More
Cross-posted from Public Health Insider When it’s hot outside, it can be miserable inside if you don’t have air conditioning or can’t open your windows. Public Health Insider has put together tips that can help when it feels like an oven in your home. Read more.
(Updated August 15, 2022) Extremely hot weather is forecast for our region this week, with high temperatures expected. Some of our work needs to be performed outdoors. Executive Branch departments should evaluate planned field work to determine if this work can be postponed to when temperatures are cooler, where possible. If work must be performed, departments should attempt to adapt schedules wherever possible so work can be performed in the morning. Please see the following advice and tips (this applies to Executive Branch employees. Employees in other branches of County government may receive additional guidance from… Read More
We’re past the halfway point of 2022, and for Flexible Spending Account (FSA) participants, it’s a good time to check your FSA balances and take steps to make sure you spend all your remaining funds before the end of the year. Here’s some additional reminders: Health Care FSAs Use Health Care FSA funds to purchase summer-related items such as sunscreen, medical cold packs, and prescription sunglasses. Schedule any necessary back-to-school check-ups and sports physicals if you have children. Many over-the-counter items are FSA-eligible, such as aspirin, cold medicine, antacids, and feminine care…. Read More
Cross-posted from Executive Services Express Chauntelle Hellner, who has served as Deputy Director of the Business Resource Center (BRC) for the past five years, is the new Director at Fleet Services, replacing the retiring Jennifer Lindwall. “This is a big opportunity and I’m really excited,” said Hellner, who began her new position on June 21. Read more.
Forecasters are calling for warmer than normal temperatures across King County over the next week to 10 days. In order to maintain cooler temperatures in your work spaces, please close your shades and blinds. This helps reduce the heat load and strain on the county’s cooling equipment. The acceptable range for King County building temperatures is 70 to 74 degrees Fahrenheit. If there are problems with temperatures in your work area, please contact the FMD Customer Care Services Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-477-9400. For additional information and recommendations to beat the summer heat, see this blog… Read More
(Updated August 16, 2022) While some of us have made the effort to travel over the past year or so, many of us have also had plans waylaid due to the ongoing pandemic. Whether we’re able to catch a flight or hit the road, or if we prefer to stay close to home, taking time away from our day-to-day work routines is a valuable component of our overall well-being. Taking time off reduces stress, anxiety, and depression, all of which can lead to serious health issues such as heart disease, high blood… Read More
By Julie Wise, Director, King County Elections It is time for another Primary election! Last week, King County Elections mailed out ballots to our 1.4 million registered voters. If you haven’t seen your ballot arrive in your mailbox yet, give our team a call at 206-296-VOTE (8683). We are here to help! Election Day is August 2, and you can return your ballot by mail or to one of our 76 secure drop box locations across the County. Mailed ballots must be postmarked by Election Day – no stamp needed! And ballots… Read More
Due to upcoming maintenance at Goat Hill Garage, a handful of Fleet Motor Pool Dispatch vehicles for employee use have been moved to the King Street Center Garage. When you reserve a vehicle in the INVERS system, you can choose the downtown garage (Goat Hill or King Street) where you’d like to pick up a vehicle. INVERS will indicate if there are no vehicles available at your preferred garage for the time you requested. If this happens, you can change your request to the other downtown garage and/or change the time period… Read More
Cross-posted from Public Health Insider We all have questions about COVID-19, and there is a lot to learn when it comes to testing. You might know someone who felt sick after being exposed to COVID, but never tested positive. Or maybe you’re wondering if you should get tested sooner if you haven’t been vaccinated. Dr. James Lewis served as a medical epidemiologist supporting King County’s COVID-19 response for more than two years, before recently accepting a position as Health Officer for Snohomish Health District. Public Health’s Leslie Daniels recently sat down to ask… Read More
They are as unique as the people who ride with them every day: A baker. The operator of a soul food catering company. Someone who started driving to supplement her income and chose to stay with Metro. Another who enjoys collecting M&M candy dispensers and calligraphy. A driver who is being recognized by his peers for a fifth time. And those who love driving and giving back to their community. They are transit operators with more than 150 years of experience at Metro, and the May and June Operators of the Month…. Read More
For the second year in a row, King County has been named the nation’s #1 Top Digital County by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties. This prestigious annual award identifies the best technology practices among U.S. counties, including initiatives that streamline delivery of government services, encourage collaboration, enhance cybersecurity, and apply innovative and emerging technologies to county priorities. “Winning the top spot again this year – it’s a direct reflection of King County’s bold technology strategies that are dramatically transforming how we serve residents,” said David Mendel, Chief Information… Read More
Cross-posted from Executive Services Express The Office of Risk Management Services (ORMS) continues to develop a policy to handle customer service regarding gender identity. “Customers, claimants, and other individuals with whom ORMS interacts have the right to be addressed by the name and pronouns that correspond to their gender identity,” said Sean Catanese, Program Manager. “This policy and its procedures ensure respectful customer service and clear communication.” Read more.
By Meagan Terlep-Boxley, Probation Manager with King County District Court The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) annually celebrates over 100,000 community corrections professionals around the country who work hard to keep communities safe during National Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week. This year’s theme for the week is Restoring Trust, Creating Hope. Learn more about APPA here. King County Probation Officers (POs) have worked extremely hard the past few years in making a huge shift to do their jobs. They have been incredibly flexible in their willingness and ability to conduct… Read More
Visio is the ultimate tool for creating professional diagrams and flowcharts. Now any King County employee can access the free Visio Online app through your Office 365 portal. Visio Online offers most of the same tools and templates as the paid desktop version, allowing you to easily create flowcharts, org charts, network diagrams, and more. Learn more by watching this video demo (28:20) from our recent KCIT Office Hours with Microsoft webinar series, or check out the Office 365: Get Started with Visio Online Skill Track in the KCIT Training Hub. For further assistance, Executive branch employees can LiveChat with… Read More