Telling the stories of King County employees
Closing Date/Time: Mon. 01/29/18 11:59 PM Pacific Time Salary: $160,728.00 Annually Job Type: Regular, Full time, 35 hrs/week Location: Multiple locations in King County, Washington Department: King County Superior Court Description: King County Superior Court is recruiting for two Court Commissioner positions: A current opening for Family Law Commissioner and an anticipated opening for Ex Parte Commissioner. Candidates may apply for either or both positions. Qualified candidates may be placed on an eligibility list for future recruitments. Commissioners fill a variety of statutory and constitutional responsibilities and preside over the Ex Parte, Probate, Family Law, Juvenile Court… Read More
Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal by David Williams and Jennifer Ott was published this year as a part of the regional centennial celebration of the opening of the Lake Washington Ship canal and the Ballard Locks. Several staff from King County Archives were acknowledged for their contributions in the new book, including archivist Carol Shenk, assistant archivists Jill Anderson and Rebecca Pixler, and reference specialist Greg Lange. Kudos to these Records and Licensing Services Division staff for their innovation and contributions!
We wish all our employees a safe and joyous Happy New Year, full of beautiful memories and exciting opportunities! As the legendary Nina Simone said, “It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day. It’s a new life for me and I’m feeling good.” So enjoy the holiday the season and feel good in 2018!
Crossposted from Tails from RASKC The holidays are a fun and festive time for everyone, including our pets. However, that good cheer could be ruined if your cat or dog ends up sick, missing, or worse. To help keep this the most wonderful time of the year, Regional Animal Services is pleased to offer the following tips adapted from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Keep people food away from your pet, especially candy and chocolate, and ask your holiday guests to do the same. If you suspect your dog or cat has gotten… Read More
Crossposted from Public Health Insider Last year, 14,373 people died in King County. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office (MEO) investigated those deaths that were sudden, unexpected or unnatural – 2,494* in total. But, the count of life lost is more than a number. By tracking and analyzing different manners of death as well as trends in homicides, traffic fatalities, and drug overdose deaths, we are able to develop preventative measures and learn about emerging issues. Here are some key findings from 2016, as illustrated in the MEO’s recently published annual report, and… Read More
Crossposted from Public Health Insider Snow can catch us off guard, especially if we have health needs. When snow closes roads, it’s hard for people to get to their medical appointments or get crucial medical supplies. That’s why it’s important to plan ahead when you hear a forecast for possible snow or severe winter weather if you have medical needs. Things to consider if you depend on: Oxygen tanks, medication prescriptions, or other medical supplies: Plan with your doctor, pharmacist, or medical service provider about what to do if they can’t be delivered… Read More
Preliminary work is about to get underway on planned upgrades to an aging and undersized regional sewer line that is a critical part of King County’s clean-water infrastructure in Bellevue and Newcastle. While construction on the Coal Creek Trunk sewer upgrade isn’t expected to begin until 2021, crews will begin drilling test holes in early January near Coal Creek Parkway to help determine soil conditions along the new line’s recommended alignment. Starting Jan. 4, crews will perform two to four days of test drilling per week at five locations along Coal Creek Parkway. The… Read More
Crossposted from Keeping King County Green King County bolstered its reputation as a national leader in the effort to confront climate change in 2017, delivering on Executive Dow Constantine’s commitment to protect the region’s natural environment while creating more resilient communities. Whether it’s a pledge to operate one of the nation’s largest zero emission battery bus fleets, expanding non-motorized transportation options, or investing in alternative energy sources, King County’s efforts are helping people, neighborhoods and even cities adapt to a changing world. The Department of Natural Resources and Parks coordinated much of the County’s work… Read More
Crossposted from Go, Green Team! Easy ways to help the environment are to compost your food waste and not waste food. On average, Americans waste about 25 percent of all food and drinks we buy. That’s not only wasting food, that’s wasted money – $130 every month. By helping prevent food waste, you are also saving water, energy and fuel that are all used to produce, package, and transport food. Learn more at Food: Too Good to Waste. Recently, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) did studies in three cities- Denver, New York and Nashville… Read More
Dear fellow King County employee, As 2017 winds down and we prepare to celebrate the start of 2018, I want to thank you for another year of dedicated service to the people of King County. Thanks to your talent, creativity and hard work we were able to deliver even more effective services, identify new solutions, and build more welcoming communities for all of our residents. We have put together a slideshow of 17 accomplishments in 2017, all of which bring us closer to being a truly just, inclusive and prosperous community. We achieved… Read More
Crossposted from Inside Transportation King County Executive Dow Constantine is accelerating the transition to zero-emissions transportation by making one of the largest bus fleets in the US all-electric by as early as 2034. Under his leadership, and that of DOT Director Harold Taniguchi and Metro General Manager Rob Gannon, Metro is not only upgrading its fleet to battery-powered buses, we’re demonstrating that there is strong market demand for the new generation of cleaner, quieter buses that can help King County confront climate change. In January, Executive Constantine announced Metro’s commitment to purchase 120 battery-electric buses… Read More
In 2017 the Employee Communications Team shared the stories of your successes, County priorities and initiatives, career opportunities, and work-related news and events through various communications channels, including the weekly Employee News e-newsletter, the KC Employee News blog, our LinkedIn account and YouTube channel. In this year’s Employee Survey, 75% of you said you felt well-informed about County news and events, with 18% neutral and 7% disagreeing. In 2018 we will work to improve our communications so all employees have the information they need to grow their careers, stay healthy and do their best… Read More
Crossposted from Eye on Your Metro Commute Please note the information below about service advisories and alerts due to significant events and construction in Metro’s service area. Visit Metro’s Service Advisories page for a complete list. Sign up for Transit Alerts. Events Seahawks at CenturyLink Field Saturday, 12/31 at 1:25 PM. Traffic in the SODO, Stadium, Pioneer Square & downtown Seattle areas may be congested on game days. Ride regularly scheduled transit service to & from the game. Read more at Eye on Your Metro Commute
In 2017 King County Information and Technology’s (KCIT) three fulltime trainers delivered 2500 in-person training hours in KCIT’s dedicated training lab in Chinook. In 2018, look for a robust, wide-ranging and responsive training programs and a new, easy-to-use training site. In Q1 of 2018 we will offer the following: Introduction to King County Technology Office 365 including SharePoint site owner, Planner, OneNote, Power BI Technology training reinforcement videos Look for more and new classes throughout the year. KCIT is listening to what customers need and developing training to meet those needs. To visit… Read More
Crossposted from All Home Facebook Join us for Count Us In 2018, the annual Point in Time Count of people experiencing homelessness! Volunteers will be asked to work in teams of 2-3 to conduct a visual count of individuals experiencing homelessness across King County in the early hours of Friday, January 26. Sign up to be a volunteer: http://allhomekc.org/king-county-point-in-time-pit-count/
Crossposted from Clean Water Stories Water is heavy, and moving it around takes a lot of energy. King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) is responsible for 54 percent of total energy use for all King County facilities, so even small energy savings make a big difference. The pumps are vital to plant operations and vital to energy efficiency, and after 50 years of service, it was time for three pumps to be replaced. While the pumps were reliable and easy to operate throughout their lifespan, they were also inefficient. These pumps liked to… Read More
Happy Holidays to every single King County employee! Please stay warm and safe during this busy time. We value each of you and the amazing impact you have through your work at King County.
Crossposted from Metro Matters We want everyone in our community to make it home safely. Please look and listen before crossing the street, never run to catch a bus, make yourself more visible in the dark and cross the street after the bus leaves the zone. Safety Gets Us All Home! Read more at Metro Matters
Crossposted from the Centerline The Airport’s Main Terminal is our iconic centerpiece, one that has played a vital role in the history of Northwest aviation. Today – nearly 90 years after its completion – our terminal also serves as a model for what local governments can do with their aging buildings to reduce energy use. This week, King County International Airport/Boeing Field celebrated its recent improvements at the historic building to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption as part of a special recognition by the U.S. Department of Energy. Read more at Centerline