Dear fellow employee, Earth Day offers us a chance to stop and think about the decisions we can make to protect and sustain our environment, economy and quality of life. At King County many of us get to work on actions to confront climate change not just on Earth Day, but every day: creating walkable and healthy communities, protecting and restoring our forests and farms, providing affordable and convenient commuting options like transit and trails, or supporting waste reduction and recycling. Many work behind the scenes to create energy efficiencies by monitoring and… Read More
King County has opened a Rural Services Center on Vashon Island to provide residents with a one-stop shop for King County services. The Vashon Rural Services Center is home to the King County Sheriff’s Office, King County District Court, the Vashon Community Service Center, and services provided by the Department of Permitting and Environmental Review and the Community Service Area Program. The new center was made possible through a partnership between King County and Vashon Island Fire and Rescue (VIFR). “King County is the local government for Vashon-Maury Island but they’re separated… Read More
Stormwater, or polluted runoff, is the leading contributor to reduced water quality in Puget Sound. Learn more about its impacts on the environment, how King County is addressing the issue, and how you can help. Visit the public involvement website for more information, including videos, and an opportunity to provide feedback on our stormwater management program.
Employees from the King County Noxious Weed Program are helping to keep invasive weeds off local store shelves, with City People’s Garden Store in Seattle being the first to pledge to stop selling any of the invasive plants or noxious weeds that appear on King County’s Noxious Weed and Plants of Concern lists. “These noxious weeds and invasive plants threaten our natural ecosystems by choking out native species,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “I commend City People’s for stepping up as the first store in King County to pledge not to sell these… Read More
Employees are invited to a lunch and learn to hear what a panel of their colleagues learned at the recent Governing for Racial Equity Conference in Portland, OR. Several King County employees attended the third Governing for Racial Equity (GRE) Conference on March 25 and 26 to learn more about what other governments are doing to achieve racial equity and eliminate institutional and structural racism. Join King County members of the GRE Planning Committee, conference presenters and other attendees as they share their learnings from the conference and help plan the next steps… Read More
Last November, we asked what employees would name the new King County Intranet. Almost 1,400 employees submitted suggestions, and the overwhelming choice was KCWeb. A team of King County employees is now building a new Intranet site that will make it easy for you to find the resources you need for your job, the tools you use every day, and the news to help you stay informed – all in one central location. We wanted to share an early design of the site which includes the new logo for the intranet, the main… Read More
The Washington Counties Scholarship Fund is now accepting applications for the 2014/2015 school year. Applications are available online at http://www.countyscholarship.org. Completed applications are due by April 30, 2014. The Washington Counties Scholarship Fund awards five $3,000 scholarships to eligible children of county employees and county elected officials. Awards are given in the form of Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) credits. The Washington Counties Scholarship Fund is a joint project of the Washington Association of County Officials (WACO) and the Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC). Funds for the scholarship are provided by members… Read More
The Department of Community and Human Services’ Developmental Disabilities Division recently hosted its annual Transition Resource Fairs. Held every March for the past seven years, the fairs support the School-to-Work program by informing and better equipping students and their families to prepare for a successful transition from school to employment and other community resources. The fairs were at Highline Community College on Saturday, March 1, and at Microsoft on Tuesday, March 4. The fairs are intentionally held away from high schools—the message is about adult life in the community. Over 900 community… Read More
Benjamin Kaplan understands why the kids he works with no longer trust adults. By the time they enter his world, most have been abused, neglected or mistreated countless times by the adults who were supposed to keep them safe. So if he tells a young offender he’ll call on Tuesday, he makes sure he calls on Tuesday. He doesn’t say “see you later” unless he really means he’ll see that teen later. And he tries to view his young clients for who they are in the moment – a traumatized kid in… Read More
The Puget Sound Regional Council is conducting a regional travel study to better understand the transportation needs and preferences of the region’s residents. Beginning in April 2014, thousands of homes throughout King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties will receive postcard invitations to participate in the online or telephone study. Participation in the study can help answer questions about how the can region maintain and improve mobility, accessibility, and connectivity for residents as population grows and travel patterns evolve. The Puget Sound regional travel study will be conducted through June 2014. The study… Read More
The King County International Airport Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting (ARFF) Unit responds to all fire, police, and EMT calls at the airport. This unit is truly unique: everyone in the unit is a King County Sheriff’s deputy, a trained firefighter and an EMT. On March 9, 2014, two members of the Airport’s ARFF unit, Chief Donald Davis, and Deputy Graydon Matheson, participated in the 23rd Annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb of Seattle’s Columbia Tower. Participants climb 788 feet of vertical elevation, 69 flights of stairs and 1,311 steps in full firefighting gear as a… Read More
Didn’t see your favorite nonprofit in last year’s Annual Giving Drive? Now is the time to get them in for 2014! Check out the Employee Giving Program Website or call 206-263-9405 for more information. Email the link to your favorite nonprofit today. Even if they have been in before, nonprofits must reapply every year. Applications are due April 25.
Wastewater Treatment Division’s (WTD) Combined Sewer Overflow Control (CSO) Program is sporting a new look and feel, with the goal of helping the public and people outside WTD better understand their work. “Protecting Our Waters” is the new name of a program to prevent pollution caused by excess stormwater in the sewer system on rainy days. Through 2030, WTD will be building nine pollution control projects to keep stormwater mixed with small amounts of sewage out of the Duwamish River, Lake Washington Ship Canal and Puget Sound. These projects complete the program… Read More
We recently asked King County employees to tell us what respect in the workplace means to them in one word. The way we treat one another is just as important as the way we treat our customers, and helps define the type of workplace that we want. Some of the words that resonated the most with employees were Consideration, Kindness, Communication, Trust, Listening, Value, Acknowledgement, Dignity, Acceptance and Appreciation. You can see all the results displayed in a Word Cloud below.
What does being a King County employee mean to you? What values do we embrace as an organization? What do we want new and prospective employees to know about working at King County? A new video featuring employees from across the County highlights five key elements of King County culture – Outstanding Customer Service, Continuous Improvement, Equity and Social Justice, Healthy Employees, and Teamwork and Collaboration. The employees featured in the new video discuss what it means to them to work at King County, and how they incorporate the County’s core values… Read More
When the leaders of ATU Local 587, King County Metro, and Professional and Technical Employees Local 17 launched the Partnership To Achieve Comprehensive Equity, or PACE, in September of 2013, it signaled a binding commitment to build and enhance the processes, tools, and standards for advancing diversity and equal opportunity for all Metro employees. Since this landmark agreement, employees and managers serving on the Steering Committee have met regularly and have worked together to create a work plan for the coming year. Because the work of this effort is substantial, and because… Read More
The King County Recorder’s Office is now located on the fourth floor of the King County Administration Building, making it easier for customers to access documents, records, and marriage licenses and certificates. The Recorder’s Office made the move from the third floor of the Administration Building to put its services in easy reach of customers who enter the building from Fifth Avenue. “Our previous location on the third floor of the Administration Building was not easy for some customers to find, and the third floor had a split level with two separate… Read More
On National Adoption Day King County Superior Court Judge Dean Lum presides over the King County Presiding Court as dozens of King County foster parents legally adopt their foster kids. For Judge Lum, this festive day holds a special place in his heart. Watch a short KCTV video to learn more.
Application deadline: Monday 3/24/14 Salary: $21.51 – $27.27 Hourly / $1,720.80 – $2,181.60 Biweekly Department: Department of Adult & Juvenile Detention Description: This position with the King County Department of Adult & Juvenile Detention (DAJD), Community Corrections Division, provides administrative support to the Community Work Program (CWP) which includes supporting one program manager, two program coordinators, and eight work crew supervisors. The position is critical to the functioning of the Community Work Program. Duties include performing lead clerical, data entry, filing, and office support utilizing independent judgment in working with complex and/or sensitive information…. Read More
On February 11, 2014, PBS NewsHour visited Juvenile Detention to film a story about Pongo Teen Writing – a volunteer, nonprofit organization – and the therapeutic impact of poetry on at-risk youth. Richard Gould, the founder and Executive Director of Pongo Publishing Teen Writing Project, has been helping troubled teens express themselves through poetry and has published their work in anthologies since mid-1970. He has volunteered his services at Juvenile Detention since 1998. Detained youth have responded to Mr. Gould’s encouragement and help by writing about traumatic events in their lives, such… Read More
On March 18, King County Executive Dow Constantine and bus riders across the county celebrated the contributions of our hard-working bus drivers, Access drivers and rail operators on Bus Driver Appreciation Day. Drivers work hard to drive safely, help riders board and exit, give directions and travel advice and stick to their schedules through tough traffic – and many riders around the county took the opportunity to recognize drivers on Bus Driver Appreciation Day. See below for the video of the official proclamation of the event given by Executive Constantine to Metro’s… Read More
For hours on end, bus drivers manage to keep a schedule, check fares, give directions, remember stop requests and more, all while safely maneuvering an extra-large vehicle through unpredictable traffic, adverse weather conditions and some really tight spaces! The fact is, bus drivers don’t have an easy job; they just make it look that way. On Tuesday, March 18, join us in celebrating the contributions of our hard-working bus drivers, Access drivers and rail operators. It can be as simple as a smile when you board the bus, and a “thank you”… Read More
The Department of Executive Services (DES) held its first-ever All-Hands Meeting on February 26 with more than 500 employees in the 832-person department taking part in one of the two sessions. The All-Hands Meeting, which brought employees from DES’ 10 divisions, agencies and offices together as one department, featured a short video highlighting a dozen DES employees talking about how they “Deliver Excellent Service” every day; an overview of DES’ “clarity map” that will guide the department over the next 10 years; the results of a recent survey of DES employees focusing… Read More
Meet Tony, who’s been booked into King County Jail more than twenty times. He has Hepatitis C, an enlarged liver, and a long history of alcoholism. He’s getting treated while in jail, but what happens when he gets out? The link between jail-time and medical needs — and how the Affordable Care Act can change the equation — is the focus of Ruby de Luna’s new report for KUOW. The revolving door for jail prisoners — who come back multiple times — often has a link to inaccessible medications or untreated drug and alcohol addictions. For… Read More
Over the past few years, the Department of Judicial Administration’s (DJA) management team has held an employee contest to design a logo to go along with the departmental theme for the year. The 2014 theme is “Better Together.” This theme reflects how successful we are when we all work together, across divisions, up and down the chain of command. DJA employees are truly skilled and talented, and the logo submissions just keep getting better and better, making the decision more difficult each year. Congratulations to the winner of DJA’s contest for her… Read More