Telling the stories of King County employees
Shared from the DCHS Touching Base Newsletter The 2017 Unincorporated Community Service Area (CSA) series of town hall meetings kicked off in April with well-attended meetings in Snoqualmie Valley and on Vashon Island. Residents received reports on local initiatives from their Councilmember, sheriff, assessor and other leaders from King County departments, and had the opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns about issues affecting their community. A few DCHS management members and Best Starts for Kids reps attended the meetings, hosting a DCHS table with information about DCHS programs. The CSA town… Read More
Crossposted from Clean Water Stories King County shared good news April 27 that West Point Treatment Plant is back online. Employees and contractors worked around the clock to restore critical mechanical and electrical systems that were damaged by severe flooding on Feb. 9. Whenever clean water infrastructure is affected, King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) gets in front of environmental monitoring. The scale of the West Point incident called for increased environmental monitoring and close coordination with the State Department of Ecology. King County knows how much people in our region care… Read More
King County is hosting the fourth annual “Working with Our Troops Career Expo” at the Washington State Convention Center on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Expo is free to both employers and job seekers and attracts 300-400 Veterans, transitioning Service Members and their spouses. There is space for approximately 130 employers. The deadline for employer registration is August 4, or until all spaces are filled. Here is the registration form. Each participating King County agency receives a: 10×10 booth space with an eight foot draped table, two chairs,… Read More
King County is participating this year as a sponsor in the 2017 T.R.A.I.N Support Staff Conference, taking place June 21 and 22. The conference is open to employees of public agencies who work in an administrative, departmental, customer service or office support role. Registration for the conference opens May 8, 2017. Click here to register then, or download this PDF for more information about the conference.
Are you ready to move up to a bigger home or downsize to a smaller one? This seminar is presented by HomeStreet Bank to help you learn what it takes to sell your existing home, how to determine the market value of your home, what improvements pay off, and how to crunch the numbers to budget for your next home. There are two classes available: Thursday, May 11, noon to 1 p.m., Chinook Building Tuesday, May 16, noon to 1 p.m., King Street Center To register for these classes you can call the… Read More
Crossposted from Bytes and Boxes The King County Archives was chosen as winner of the Association of King County Heritage Organizations 2017 Technology Award for its online exhibit, Responding to AIDS: The Seattle-King County Department of Public Health, 1982-1996. The AKCHO Technology Award is “presented annually to an organization for an outstanding project that pairs technology with local history and provides an inspiration or a model for the heritage community.” We are honored to be among this year’s AKCHO award recipients, listed here: 2017 AKCHO Award Honorees. Read more at Bytes and Boxes
King County is releasing a series of new videos that showcase the diversity of career opportunities at the County and the people who work here. One of those employees is Deborah DeQuier-Bowden, Dental Supervisor for Columbia Public Health Dental Clinic. “I get out of bed, come in here, because I know that I’m going to make a change, or I’m going to make some kind of good effort in somebody’s life today,” Deborah says in the video. “It makes me happy to help people. That’s one of the reasons I got into… Read More
Shared from the DCHS Touching Base Newsletter The first of five enhanced shelters for homeless single adults and homeless families opened in March, and two more are moving forward! White Center – The Family Shelter at White Center operated by Mary’s Place is open and providing safe, temporary housing for about 30 people (parents and children), which is the current capacity. Thanks to the Evergreen Aquatics Center, additional shower capacity is available just a short distance away. Construction is currently under way at the site, including plumbing additional onsite showers. Once that… Read More
Spotlight on Jason Clark, Superior Court Equity and Justice Advocate As Presiding Judge of Superior Court, I was asked to write about the court. We have a lot going on, so it was a tough choice. After giving it some thought, the work being done by Jason Clark, our Equity and Justice Advocate rose to the top. Jason’s work is wide-ranging. He’s responsible for developing community-building and engagement strategies, for planning and policy/program development, and for general planning support for projects related to reducing racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice… Read More
Closing Date/Time: Sun. 05/14/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time Salary: $106,870.40 – $135,470.40 Annually Job Type: Civil Service, Full Time, 40/hrs Wk Location: King County Courthouse – 516 3rd Ave, Seattle, Washington Department: King County Sheriff’s Office Description: The King County Sheriff’s Office is welcoming all innovative, forward-thinking technological professionals to apply for the position of IT Services Manager I. This person will be leading a team of technological professionals in coordinating and managing all of KCSO’s technology service needs. This strategic thinking leader will be overseeing all IT functions and guiding all KCSO IT staff in day-to-day operations as well… Read More
Baseball and clean water meet at the “Puget Sound Starts Here at the Mariners” event on Sunday, May 21 at 1:10 pm. Show your support for the environment and get an awesome Mariners/PSSH hat. Kids under 14 can get a Mariners gym bag, and a second-chance Mother’s Day tote bag. Get tickets at www.mariners.com/PugetSound! More benefits include: For the group that sells the most tickets: Five lucky ticket holders will have their picture taken with a Mariner! For groups larger than 19 people, call Elizabeth McCloskey at 206-346-4519. Tickets are $37 for a main level seat, a savings of at least $10… Read More
Join us to hear about how the King County Wastewater Treatment Program’s Waterworks Grant and Education/Stewardship Program are preparing us for the impacts of climate change. Monday, May 15, from noon to 1 p.m. King Street Center, 8th Floor Conference Room. All King County employees are welcome, but space is limited. Please sign up here.
Crossposted from Public Health Insider Full inspection histories of all King County restaurants have been available online since 2001. For the past 16 years, inspection results could be searched on a website that, we admit, was starting to show its age. That’s why we partnered with King County Information Technology (KCIT) to create a restaurant inspection search tool to go along with our brand new Food Safety Rating System. We have always valued making information available to the public and this new search tool makes it even easier to find information to make informed decisions… Read More
Crossposted from Metro Matters King County Metro wants to hear from riders as we work to simplify our bus fares. This month, Metro launched the second round of our fare review process, with an online survey for people to tell us which of two potential options they prefer. Adult fare riders currently pay $2.50, $2.75 or $3.25, depending on time of day and whether they travel across zone boundaries. It’s a complex fare structure that can confuse riders, and consequently, slow down boarding. Now it’s your turn to tell us what you think by participating in an online questionnaire by… Read More
This week’s tech tip is a video daily double! We teach you how to access your King County email on an iOS device (aka iPhone). The video profiles me (a total novice) walking through the steps as Myranda Miller (our Mobile Device Management expert) provides direction. It’s 7 minutes long. We’re working on an Android version of this next. Enjoy!
Crossposted from Public Health Insider Today, we’re talking with Tony Smith, a paramedic with King County Medic One, which provides paramedic services for south King County and Vashon/Maury Islands. King County Medic One is part of larger King County system made up of thousands of paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), doctors, nurses, dispatchers, analysts, researchers and other professional and support staff who make up one of the most respected emergency response systems on the planet. How and why did you get started working in public health? I became interested in emergency medical response going back… Read More
Crossposted from Clean Water Stories It’s that time of year, when King County Wastewater Treatment Division spends a lot of time with students. During spring semester, our educators and students in our service area work together in elementary school programs about water systems. We know that 4th and 5th grade students are good candidates for this education. They are learning about science. They are curious. They haven’t quite outgrown the bathroom humor phase. They are the right age to help teach their parents good water/wastewater etiquette. We’re pretty sure that after a class or… Read More
ORCA LIFT celebrated its two-year anniversary in March of this year and with this milestone began the renewal process of expiring cards. Customers were directed to the ORCALIFT.com website for directions on the renewal process. We have received many positive comments from the customers using the online form, such as this one: “I am writing to thank King County Metro for quickly processing my renewal of my ORCA Lift card. I applied to renew my card on Wednesday, and I got my new card by Saturday! It came on the same day I accidentally broke… Read More
King County employees are welcome to take advantage of an available discount for the Auburn Symphony Orchestra performance of “Love, Passion and Defiance” on Sunday, April 30 at 2:30 p.m. The event features Nikolas Caoile, as guest conductor and Daniel Lebhardt, as piano soloist. Held at the Auburn Performing Arts Center (702 Fourth Street NE, Auburn, WA 98002), employees will receive a discount of $30 for general tickets, $24 for senior tickets and $10 for student tickets. To receive the discount, employees can purchase tickets online using promo code kingcounty17 at www.auburnsymphony.org, or visit the box office in person and show King County ID. See… Read More