Telling the stories of King County employees
Over 2016 and 2017, Public Health responded to one of the largest mumps outbreak in the state and county in recent memory, including cases at the University of Washington campus. UW officials recently credited our help for reducing the impact on the community. Said one official: “I am grateful to our public health colleagues who were vital in helping us with this strategy.” Said another: “I’d say that our many our many hours on controlling the outbreak was an investment in keeping the outbreak small. We heard about the large outbreaks at other universities,… Read More
Crossposted from King County Youth Justice Reform doesn’t happen overnight. That doesn’t mean it can’t be impressive to look back at how much progress can be made in just one year. In 2017, King County continued to step up its investments and commitments to eliminating the school-to-prison pipeline: Safe Spaces: King County set in motion partnerships with organizations across the County to open up more safe, non-detention overnight spaces for struggling youth. More beds will be opening up in South King County in early 2018. Stopping the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Best Starts for Kids hired on a… Read More
Closing Date/Time: Mon. 12/18/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time Salary: $20.87 – $26.45 Hourly Job Type: Career Service Location: Harborview Medical Center – Seattle, Washington Department: Department of Public Health–Prevention Description: The Public Health Laboratory is seeking a full-time administrative support position within the Prevention Division. This position is an essential part of the Laboratory team and leads the office coordination. This role also provides a variety of administrative support to the Public Health Laboratory management and staff. The successful Administrative Specialist II (AS II) candidate will excel in providing exceptional customer service, be skilled in managing multiple priorities with accuracy and attention to… Read More
Crossposted from Keeping King County Green The holiday season is a great time to give. Why not go green and give back to our planet? Here are some ideas for greening up your holiday. Choose a living Christmas tree this year and help King County plant 1 Million Trees by 2020 Swansons Nursery is helping to support King County’s 1 Million Trees initiative. Here are ways you can help us reach our goal this holiday season: Choose a living Christmas tree and plant it at home after the holidays. Donate your living Christmas tree. Donate your… Read More
Crossposted from Clean Water Stories Our South Treatment Plant in Renton recently underwent the equivalent of a heart transplant operation. Raw sewage pumps function as the heart of a treatment plant, providing the power to move wastewater into the plant, and South Plant replaced three of them — each orchestrated by a skilled team. The pumps had been in service for over five decades. They were reliable and easy to operate, but inefficient and energy-intensive. Project manager Bill Olwell said, “It is amazing that they are still up and working after 50 years. But… Read More
With increased rainfall in King County during the fall and winter months, the risk of flooding in some parts of the county increases. “Flooding is a big problem in King County,” said Ken Zweig, Program Manager for River and Floodplain Management at Water and Land Resources Division. “Since 1990 we’ve had 12 presidentially declared disasters in this county. Historically the biggest floods have happened in the late fall and winter months.” The employees of King County’s Flood Warning Program work to educate and prepare residents who live in flood-prone areas about what… Read More
A new initiative launched a year ago by Executive Dow Constantine has prevented more than 3,000 people in King County from becoming homelessness. Results from Jan. 1 through Sept. 30 – the latest data available – show that 96 percent of the 1,024 client households still had a place to live, which prevented the need for additional shelter beds. It also decreased the number of children who suffer the trauma that homelessness can cause, which can affect brain development. Read more in the official press release.
The Bellevue Reporter recently featured Rafael Muñoz-Cintrón who, with his family, left the devastation caused to Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria, to begin a new life in Bellevue. Less than two months after arriving in King County, Rafael successfully applied for a Legal Secretary position with the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. “We thank God every day we were able to get on our feet so quickly,” Rafael Muñoz-Cintrón said in the article. Read more at the Bellevue Reporter.
Get in the holiday spirit with a do-it-yourself (DIY) project this season. DIY gifting can be fun if you want to get crafty. Best of all, “Green Holidays” give a second life to items you already have at home, while reducing the environmental impact during the holiday season. For many years now, Project Manager Tom Watson has managed King County’s EcoConsumer Public Outreach Program. One of the programs that Tom coordinates is Green Holidays. “The program started in the late 1990’s as the “Waste Free Holidays,” working with businesses to promote giving “experience… Read More
On Dec. 19, KCIT is rolling out a new Office 365 product called Office Delve. Delve is part of Office 365 and finds the documents you need no matter where they’re stored – from SharePoint to Planner to Excel. It’s designed to be a time saver. You no longer have to hunt through each application one at a time to find something or see if it’s been changed and by whom. It’s a great work hack or shortcut, fully supported by KCIT and accessible through your O365 waffle. We strongly recommend checking… Read More
Last summer, we asked you for your input on our health and well-being program. With the support of our labor partners, we heard from more than 2,400 employees throughout the County. Thank you for sharing your candid feedback. Getting your input is an important part of our commitment to Investing in You and essential to continuous improvement. Your ideas and suggestions will help us provide a program that works for you and meaningful resources to help you do your best work for our customers. We’ll continue to share more survey information in the coming… Read More
Closing Date/Time: Continuous Salary: $40.64 – $57.19 Hourly Job Type: Career Service Location: Kent Public Health at East Hill, Washington Department: Department of Public Health–Community Health Services Description: The Kent Public Health Family Planning Clinic is looking for a skilled, motivated and enthusiastic ARNP who is committed to serving men, women and teens to provide high quality sexual and reproductive health and education services. Family Planning ARNP’s work with a multi-disciplinary health care team to provide care and treatment in various clinics. The ARNP works in the ambulatory care setting integrating knowledge and data from… Read More
Employees can access discounted tickets to Monster Jam at the Tacoma Dome, Jan 12 – 14 and Disney Live at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Jan. 28. Buy Monster Jam tickets here and Disney Live! tickets here. Monster Jam – Employees can get discounted tickets to Monster Jam at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WA, January 12-14, 2018. Click here for instructions. Disney Live! Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway To Magic – Employees can get discounted tickets to Disney Live! at the ShoWare Center in Kent, WA, January 28, 2018. Click here for instructions. See all available discounts on the Employee Discount webpage.
New year, new laptops, new software! Starting January 1, 2018, every new PC setup will come with Office 2016. To get a sneak peak of the new features, check out the Microsoft training materials at the Office 365 Training Center. Can’t wait for your next PC replacement to get the new version? KCIT will soon have a self service upgrade package available that you can use to upgrade your current PC Office version.
Five kittens from Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) were welcomed with open arms in the Chinook building on Tuesday, December 5. The kittens were part of a “Kitty Café”, a KC Employee Giving Program event sponsored by the Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget and Seattle Meowtropolitan Café. The event highlights a partnership with cat cafes located in Seattle promoting the adoption of RASKC cats. “There was a strong interest and tentative reservation made for 4 of the 5 kittens that were brought in,” Animal Services Administrator Lluvia Ellison-Morales said. “Overall, an overwhelming majority loved the well-organized event.” Employees stopped by to pet the kittens, which were all eligible for adoption. Attendees were also able… Read More
Crossposted from KC Healthy Incentives The holidays can be full of joy, loved ones, and fabulous food. They also can be triggers for sadness and fatigue. It’s especially important to practice stress management this time of year. Employee Health & Well-Being and King County’s Making Life Easier program offer the following tips to help you enjoy the season to the fullest. Acknowledge your limits You may feel pressure to cook and spend more money during the season. This can add stress to your routine and hurt your wallet. Keep expectations realistic by… Read More
Jay Osborne has accepted the position as interim Human Resources Division (HRD) Director, and will start full time on December 18, 2017. Jay has been with the County for nearly 30 years and comes with a wealth of skills and experience. Jay started his career as a summer hire with the Parks Division in 1988, and now he is the Deputy Director for the Road Services Division in DOT. Jay offers strong leadership skills, vast budget process knowledge, and a solid operations background in HR as a people manager and deputy director…. Read More