Telling the stories of King County employees
In 2016, the Metropolitan King County Council accepted the recommendations of King County’s Immigrant and Refugee Task Force that evaluated the challenges facing King County’s growing immigrant and refugee community. Monday the Council voted toward acting on those recommendations with its unanimous approval to establish a King County Immigrant and Refugee Commission. “The new residents of King County are working hard to become part of the greater community and this commission will be their voice,” said Councilmember Larry Gossett, the prime sponsor of the ordinance. “For people newly arrived not only in the… Read More
Crossposted from KC Employee Giving It’s that time of the year to recognize a colleague who went far and beyond the call of duty to make a difference in the community! With the Employee Giving Program’s Annual Celebration just around the corner — Thursday, February 15, 2018 (details below) — which celebrates outstanding effort and contributions made by departments and individuals, we want to remind you to nominate your STAR peers! Read more at KC Employee Giving
King County Executive Dow Constantine joined close to 1,000 volunteers in the early hours of Friday, Jan. 26, for the 2018 Count Us In to better understand how many people in our community are experiencing homelessness and how we can better serve their needs. Watch him speak about the importance of the 2018 Count Us In event and how we can combat homelessness within King County in the video below.
Crossposted from KC Employee Giving In 2018, the King County Employee Giving Program (KCEGP) is launching its new volunteer program. In partnership, King County Information Technology (KCIT), a department of King County government, and KCEGP are initiating a pilot engagement to accomplish three objectives: Understand technology needs of Nonprofits Align volunteer services Establish an ongoing program KCIT has more than 400 IT professionals serving King County in the areas of Infrastructure, Network Operation and Business Solution delivery services. These services are delivered by professionals working in different disciplines including Engineering, Application Development, Network Architecture, Project Management,… Read More
Whether you wait until spring to get your spring cleaning done or chip away at it throughout the year, be mindful of items that have a second or third life before labeling them as waste. The Solid Waste Division (SWD) LinkUp program works to expand markets for selected recyclable and reusable materials. Through this program, collaboration with businesses, public agencies and non-profits is helping extend the life of the King County landfill. “Our projects are designed to reduce barriers preventing materials being reused or retained in the economy as a resource through recycling,” said… Read More
Have a say in the new name King County is changing Healthy Incentives based on what we heard from employees. A new, voluntary Employee Health & Well-Being initiative will start later in 2018. What will the upcoming changes mean for your out-of-pocket medical expenses for 2018 health benefits? Thanks to the collaborative effort between labor partners and King County, King County employees* will have Gold level benefits in 2019. In 2018, you and your covered spouse or state-registered domestic partner will not need to take a Wellness Assessment or complete an Individual… Read More
By Ralph Johnson, Chief Information Security and Privacy Officer Your Social Security number is an important key for an identity thief. Scammers want it, and they think of all sorts of ways to trick you into giving it away. The Federal Trade Commission receives reports about calls from scammers claiming to be from the Social Security Administration. They say there’s been a computer problem, and they need to confirm your Social Security number. Other people have told the FTC that they have come across spoof websites that look like the place where you… Read More
Shared from the DCHS Touching Base Newsletter What do you do in the Department of Community and Human Services? I am a program supervisor for a new program within Education and Employment Resources (EER) called Career LaunchPad (CLP). CLP was funded by the Ballmer Foundation in March of 2017 to support more Opportunity Youth in our county to secure employment. Opportunity Youth are 16 to 24-year-olds who are disengaged from school and employment. When I took this position there were no systems in place to run a program like this, so my team and I have… Read More
Message from Julie Wise, Director of King County Elections Last week we mailed ballots for the February 13 Special Election to around 750,000 King County voters. If you live outside the City of Seattle, there’s a good chance you have something to weigh-in on! Eighteen jurisdictions are asking voters to make choices on a total of 34 ballot measures. These are important decisions about our community and I hope you will take the time to vote and return your ballot. To learn more about what’s on your specific ballot, see your voting history… Read More
A recent Bloomberg News Article, Kids Need Miranda Rights They Can Understand, highlights the work King County’s Department of Defense (DPD) has done on having developmentally appropriate Miranda warnings for juveniles. The article states “In effect, in most cases the criminal justice system approaches juvenile suspects with confusing language to advise them of their rights, then proceeds to interrogate them without the benefit of counsel. It’s a recipe for injustice.” Thank you to Katherine Hurley, DPD Attorney, and Anita Khandelwal, DPD Policy Director, for their outstanding work on this important project.
Crossposted from the Centerline By Chief Nathan Elledge, Airport Rescue & Firefighting For more than a year, I’ve had the privilege to serve as your Chief of Airport Police and Fire here at King County International Airport/Boeing Field. During my tenure, I’ve noticed that there seems to be some confusion as to who has jurisdictional responsibility when it comes to police and fire response at the airport. Given that, I’d like to provide you with an overview of who we are and what we do. The King County Airport Police and Fire Department,… Read More
It’s been a decade since King County switched to an illustration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as our logo. We take pride in having Dr. King represent our county, the only jurisdiction in the world named for the civil rights icon. While Dr. King’s image can be found all over King County, there are still a few places where the old crown logo appears. That’s where you come in! We’re looking to “Crush the Crown” in 2018 – and we need your help to do it. If you see an old… Read More
Closing Date/Time: Wed. 02/14/18 11:59 PM Pacific Time Salary: $21.23 – $28.25 Hourly Job Type: Various – See Supplemental Information Statement Location: Various Locations Throughout King County, Washington Department: Department of Public Health–Community Health Services Description: Public Health – Seattle & King County is seeking Patient Services Representatives to become part of a dynamic, multidisciplinary, and diverse team in our Float Pool. The Patient Services Representative is generally the first point of contact for patients, both in person and over the phone; s/he must consistently maintain excellent customer service standards. Our clients are culturally, socially,… Read More
Crossposted from Healthy Incentives King County is overhauling the Healthy Incentives program based on what we heard from employees. In 2017, you provided valuable input that will help us shape the new program to support your diverse interests and wellness goals in a more meaningful way. We’ve previously shared an overview of what we heard from you and now we’re sharing more detailed information including how we’re working to ensure the new approach is more responsive to all employees. Read more at Healthy Incentives
Your 2017 W-2 form is now available in PeopleSoft to view and print. A paper copy of your W-2 form was mailed this week by ADP to the address you have listed in PeopleSoft. To view or print your W-2, log in to PeopleSoft, choose “My Payroll” and then “View W-2/W-2c Forms.” If you need help with PeopleSoft, read PeopleSoft Sign-on Instructions or contact the Help Desk at 206-263-3430. Your Form 1095-C—Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage—will also be sent to your home address by ADP. This form will arrive by March 2 and shows… Read More
The OneTable campaign, announced last month, held it’s first workgroup meeting Monday to discuss ways to solve the regional homeless problem. The group comes from various backgrounds, including housing, behavior health and the criminal justice system, with leaders suggesting multiple ways to resolve the issue. “That is going be one of the main outcomes of this conversation,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “What we need to do and what we’re willing to do to get to that prevention side of the equation.” Monday’s meeting was highlighted in several news outlets. Here is a King 5 article entitled “King County… Read More
With the sponsorship of the Administrative Professionals Advisory Committee and the support of Career Support Services, administrative professionals are invited to take part in an important project that will benefit administrative professionals and employees across the county. Members are needed to take part in a work group that will identify and navigate the network of King County meeting and conference room spaces. There are three vacancies in this work group, with the commitment being 1-2 hours per month, including meeting time and follow-up work. Employees are needed from across the county, and specifically from departments that include, but are not limited to: DNRP, DOT, DJA, Assessments,… Read More
On Saturday, January 13, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency sent a false Wireless Emergency Alert by mistake, causing widespread panic among island residents, and bringing into question safeguards for issuing public emergency notifications. Early reports suggest human error was to blame. While King County and jurisdictions across our region administer similar public alert systems, we have safeguards in place to prevent this type of misstep. Strict procedures are in place and ongoing training is required of those authorized to issue emergency alerts. We will also look closely at Hawaii’s processes to see what else… Read More
Congratulations! Lorinda Youngcourt, the King County Director of the Department of Public Defense, has been elected to the Steering Committee of the National Association for Public Defense. The Steering Committee is comprised of member-leaders who have risen to distinction through their contributions to the National Association for Public Defense NAPD. It guides the organization with a primary goal of shaping it into a self-sufficient and self-governing entity. Lorinda was a unanimous electee, and her term is effective as of January 18.