King County employees do lots of interesting things in their “other lives” in addition to the work they do for King County. We’re sharing some of their stories in our “Other Lives” series. While waiting for a flight to San Diego after her father had died, Donna Miscolta started writing a novel. “I was thinking of my father who had come to the United States as an immigrant. He had never really talked about his experiences in the Philippines or his early years as an immigrant,” Miscolta said. “I sort of used… Read More
After two Iraq tours in the Marine Corps, Gavriel Jacobs’ plan was to pursue a career in law enforcement. “I wanted to come back from Iraq and the Middle East to go from serving my country to serving my community and really planned on joining the Seattle Police or Washington State Patrol,” Jacobs said. But when he lost his leg below the knee in combat and spent a year in the hospital, he had to rethink his career goals.
October is Disability Awareness Month, and it’s a great time to raise awareness and learn more about the work that King County does to provide opportunities for all individuals to participate, contribute and thrive in our communities. Attend a lunch and learn event Invisible Voices: What Do You Think of When You Hear the Word Disability? (video + discussion) | Thursday, October 16, noon – 2 p.m. Chinook Building, Room 121, 401 Fifth Avenue, Seattle | Presenter: Roxanne Vierra, Disability Compliance Specialist, King County Office of Civil Rights & Open Government | Contact Roxanne.Vierra@kingcounty.gov to… Read More
The PeopleSoft system will be shut down after 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 2 and will remain down until 6 a.m. on Monday, October 6. During this time, the PeopleSoft Upgrade Project team will be completing the tasks necessary to complete the final steps of upgrading the PeopleSoft applications from version 9.0 to version 9.2. The system will not be available for access by any County staff. Many of you have shortcuts on your desktop and/or favorites stored in your internet browsers with the link to the current PeopleSoft 9.0 environment. As… Read More
Whether your passion is protecting animals, improving literacy, preventing hunger, helping seniors or supporting the arts, there are 950 participating nonprofit organizations that you can choose to contribute to in the 2014 Annual Giving Drive, which kicked off September 24. Almost 100 new nonprofit organizations were approved to participate in this year’s Giving Drive across a range of categories. Some of the new participants include: Animals – Best Friends Animal Society (9132), Seattle Area Feline Rescue (9224) Educations and Literacy – Literacy Council of Seattle (9656) Food and Hunger – Emergency Feeding… Read More
Coy Hodge’s line of work can sometimes mean the difference between guilty and innocent. “We’re really behind the scenes but we make a big difference for the law enforcement side of it,” Hodge said. Hodge works for the King County Regional Identification Program, also known as Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). AFIS is the fingerprint database King County uses to identify people.
Dear Fellow King County employee, King County employees work each and every day to make our community and the world a better place, for ourselves and for our families. Another way we do that is through our King County Employee Giving Program. We are very proud to be this year’s Annual Giving Drive Honorary Co-Chairs. The Employee Giving Program empowers each of us to personally connect to causes we care about, such as providing clean air and water, food, shelter, clothing, counsel, comfort or help in times of crisis. Regardless of what… Read More
King County Executive Dow Constantine will transmit his 2015/2016 budget proposal to the Metropolitan King County Council today, Monday, Sept. 22, at 11 a.m. You can watch the 2015/2016 Executive Proposed Budget address at 11 a.m. by visiting http://www.kingcounty.gov/KCTV.aspx and clicking the link on the right hand side that says “Watch Us Live”. You can also watch a short video featuring Budget Director Dwight Dively giving an overview of what’s causing King County’s revenue shortfall. Dively explains the state’s tax structure and the broken system of providing revenues for King County, even… Read More
Area firefighters and County employees are getting some valuable emergency training this week thanks to the County’s Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD). WTD is hosting one of the largest and most successful regional fire department hazardous materials drills at the South Treatment Plant in Renton. Exercises like this provide reality-based scenarios, spaces and equipment for the emergency responders to test, train and advance their skills. WTD hosted similar events in 2010 and 2012. This exercise is held and coordinated in and around the old decommissioned chlorine building and chemical tanks. It features some… Read More
Jacqueline “Jaye” Ware considers herself a traditional bailiff. “I could be defined as an old fashioned bailiff in that I take courtroom conduct and decorum seriously,” Ware said. “It is rare for me to joke or kid around with lawyers or parties in the courtroom as I believe it is essential that the court maintain every appearance of fairness, even more so if there are spectators.” But she also realizes that putting jurors at ease is an important part of her role. “I am more relaxed around the jurors, as I think… Read More
Benefits, Payroll and Retirement Operations wants to ensure our employees are notified of some important changes regarding their pension plans. New DRS Employee Rates in 2015 Based on an actuarial review of the state pension plans, the Washington State Pension Funding Council approved a graduated approach to increasing member and employer contributions. This approach will spread out the impact of increased contributions over a number of years while still ensuring the impacted pension plans remain stable and robust. For employees participating in the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), the rate will increase… Read More
The Employee Giving Program is getting healthier this year. Health Match, created in partnership with Healthy Incentives, rewards those who host healthy events during the Annual Giving Drive. The two award-winning programs put their heads together to create something that has possibly never been done before in the public sector. The program promotes healthy EGP events by offering a match pool, where every dollar raised during the event will be stretched. Now, those who host healthy events for the Employee Giving Drive have a reason to host “health approved” events — free… Read More
King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division was recognized as a 2014 diversity leader in engineering and information technology by the magazine Diversity/Careers, joining organizations like IBM, the U.S. Navy and Microsoft. The woman-owned publication is targeted to women and minority groups interested in careers in engineering and information technology. The magazine asked its online readers to look at a list of companies and organizations to identify which ones exemplified workforce and supplier diversity. Participants had an option to add or delete organizations from the list. WTD was one of the five organizations selected under the Engineering, Construction & Infrastructure category. The other organizations under the category were Baker Hughes, CH2M Hill, HNTB, Turner… Read More
Dear Fellow Employee/Union Member: Recently the Joint Labor and Management Insurance Committee (JLMIC) agreed to modest changes in 2015 benefits that will lower the County’s costs and protect the health of employees and their families. Last year the County and labor announced a new way of negotiating benefits that allows us to adjust benefits more regularly so we can be more responsive to market conditions. To keep you updated the JLMIC created a website with background on who we are, how we negotiate and what’s happening with health care costs.
Meet the two newest Superior Court Judges, Judge Chad Allred and Judge Samuel Chung Judge Chad Allred – On May 9, 2014, Governor Jay Inslee appointed Chad Allred to the King County Superior Court bench. Judge Allred assumed the position previously occupied by Judge Trickey, who was appointed to the Washington Court of Appeals. Judge Allred spent 15 years in private practice, where his litigation experience included trade secrets, tortious interference, securities fraud, racketeering, trust and probate disputes, serious injuries, and some criminal defense. He also developed expertise in the Hague Convention on… Read More
If you are one of the over 4,000 employees who connect to King County email on a mobile device (mobile phone or tablet) we’d like tell you about a new service coming your way. This service is called Mobile Device Management (MDM) and it is designed to protect both your information and County information on your mobile device. You can benefit from this service whether you are using a County-owned or a personal device. Enrollment in the MDM system only takes a few minutes, and with it you get peace of mind… Read More
The Seattle nonprofit, Teen Feed, provides meals for homeless youth in the University District 365 days a year, something it is able to do with help from King County’s Employee Giving Program. “You are helping provide [homeless teens] what they need 24 hours a day,” Suzanee Sullivan the Development and Communications Director said at the EGP Ambassador Rally. The August 26 rally was held in preparation for the Annual Giving Drive that kicks off on September 24, 2014, and to encourage ambassadors to invite non-profit speakers from the thousands of nonprofits connected to… Read More
Last week’s earthquake in California is a good reminder that we need to be prepared for an earthquake in Washington state. Our goal is always to continue providing as many County services as possible in an emergency, while also ensuring the safety of our employees. When reporting to work, remember to let safety be your guide for commute decisions and while doing your job, and check with your supervisor or manager for specific information or directions. Please follow these general tips on earthquake preparedness both at home and at work:
Like many County employees, you may be using PST (Outlook data) files to store email that has outgrown your mailbox. Although using PSTs have been the County’s preferred practice for some time, this fall we are beginning the process to move all data contained in PSTs to Exchange Archive Mailboxes with the PST Replacement Project. Please note that the ability to store a large volume of email records in the Exchange Archive Mailbox does not satisfy or remove your responsibility to manage your email. Remember, your email records are County property which… Read More
King County Courthouse, Presiding Courtroom, 9:00 a.m., the second Wednesday of the month…the jury box fills with eager and excited men and women of different ages, races, and backgrounds all filled with a sense of accomplishment. Proud children, spouses, significant others, mothers, fathers, grandparents, counselors, and attorneys gather as spectators in the benches. Everyone is waiting for the King County Drug Court judges to emerge from chambers and preside over a remarkable event – an event marking the completion of a minimum 11-month demanding and sometimes grueling program, the dismissal of felony… Read More
In December of 2011 we implemented an Internet Gateway Filter to prevent users from accessing inappropriate (as defined by the county’s Acceptable Use Policy) or malicious web sites that can infect computers with viruses. Why do we need a filter? The King County network experiences an average of 100,000 malware attacks each week, 90% of which originate from the Internet. The Internet Gateway Filter helps to significantly reduce these incidents, resulting in less downtime and increased productivity. In September we will be making some changes, and moving the function to a different… Read More
Seattle University’s CitySoil Farm collaborated with Ricardo Israel, a local artist and Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) South Treatment Plant employee, and the Renton Area Youth Services (RAYS) to design an aerosol art mural in Renton. Ricardo designed and created the center piece of the art installation and the youth group made several quarter-sized pieces to surround the centerpiece. The students created images of bugs, flowers, trees, fruits and vegetables. The mural will be displayed on the treatment plant’s fence facing Grady Way, and visible to passersby from I-405. Views of the mural will… Read More
On average, Americans waste 25 percent of all the food they buy. While most people think they’re not wasting much food, studies show that Americans waste much more food than they think they do. “In collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency Region 10, King County’s Solid Waste Division (SWD) has developed the Food: Too Good To Waste program to bring awareness to the environmental and financial impacts of wasting food and to offer residents helpful tips on reducing food waste,” said Karen May, the program’s manager. Food waste makes up the largest… Read More
On Monday, July 28, King County staff spent a valuable morning learning more about the richness of ethnic and disability media in King County. The event included a panel of ethnic and disability media journalists, a networking session, and a Q&A session with Executive Constantine. The event provided various opportunities for King County employees and the Executive to interact with the ethnic and disability media. Panelists shared great advice about working with ethnic and disability media to serve the growing diversification of people living in King County. “We encourage you to contact… Read More
Application deadline: Wed. 08/27/14 4:00 PM Salary: $93,329 – $118,310 Department: Department of Permitting and Environmental Review Description: Serve as a hands-on human resources professional to administer the department’s legal and policy obligations in the area of personnel, and work in partnership with others to seek full compliance. Serve as the department’s advisor on personnel matters. Supervise the department’s compensation / benefits / attendance staff. Learn more about this position or view all available jobs.