In his 2016 State of the County address on Monday, King County Executive Dow Constantine called for an historic investment in high-capacity mass transit to ensure the region’s long-term prosperity amid rapid population growth. His strategy to improve mobility includes Sound Transit 3, an initiative he proposed for the November ballot in his role as Chair of the Sound Transit Board. It will expand light-rail service to connect Seattle, Everett, Tacoma, Redmond and Issaquah, as well as West Seattle and Ballard. It will also build a new tunnel in Seattle with stations… Read More
The upcoming 520 Bridge Replacement events presented an opportunity for approximately 160 underrepresented student populations from nine school districts to celebrate the grand opening of the world’s longest floating bridge. On March 24, their attendance kicked-off the 520 Bridge celebration with an integrated partnership established between Environmental Health Services, Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT), University of Washington – College of Engineering (UW), and various community partners to promote college and career readiness for youth to become involved in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The students were invited to participate in a… Read More
Drive part time for Metro and release YOUR secret identity. Want more flexibility than a full-time job can offer? Going to work and school? Working part time and need more hours? Working part time as a Metro Transit bus driver is ideal for anyone who wants part-time work without weekend or late-night hours, such as students, artists, and people juggling family responsibilities. Part-time drivers enjoy flexible schedules and good pay and benefits. Plus, they know they are performing a valuable service for their community. Being a part-time bus driver for Metro is part-time… Read More
Everyone loves to feel appreciated. Receiving praise is highly gratifying, and being praised in front of your peers or work group makes it that much more special. Facilities Management Division (FMD) has found an innovative way to do this and also engage employees in complimenting one another. It all started at the December 2015 holiday potluck. FMD Secretary Judy Hairston remembers how the idea came to life, and was instrumental in helping it take off. “Since it’s difficult for FMD as a large group to get together in one place, the holiday potluck… Read More
Our latest Employee Town Hall is now available to watch on-demand in its entirety or as individual segments. Hosted by Natasha Jones, Director of Customer Service, the Employee Town Hall featured King County Executive Dow Constantine, Budget Director Dwight Dively, and Matias Valenzuela, Director of the Office of Equity and Social Justice, in a discussion on the 2017/18 budget forecast and its implications for employees and our priorities. Employee Town Hall (complete with captions – 59’26”) Read more to see all the segments available to watch
Denmark, Italy, Newfoundland, Spain, Washington – wait, what? While this could easily be an alphabetical list of random locations, it’s actually where a few of the Best Passenger Ships of 2015 are located. According to Marine Log, an international publication out of New York City, the MV Sally Fox, the first of two new water taxi ferries recently acquired by the King County’s Marine Division, is one of nine vessels worldwide to receive this honor. It does so because the ship and its crew are focused on providing passengers with an efficient… Read More
Jennifer Hills, Director of the Office of Risk Management in the Department of Executive Services, was “devastated” when she looked at the engagement scores for her division. Lower than she expected “I was surprised because we’d been doing a lot of strategic planning and our 2012 employee survey results were so good.” Hills resolved to approach the conversation with her 22 person division with “curiosity and gratitude”: curiosity about the underlying reasons for the scores and gratitude for the opportunity to be able to address concerns. This opened the door for honest communication… Read More
With the success of ensuring nearly 9 out 10 cats and dogs find a loving home and lowering the euthanasia rate to an all-time low of 12 percent, people are wondering what’s next for Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC). For this reason KC employees reached out to RASKC Manager Gene Mueller to learn what their secret is and the future direction of the agency. Originally from Illinois and a longtime licensed veterinary practitioner, since 2012 he has worked with King County to build on the work being done and further… Read More
Parking spots at Goat Hill Garage will be extremely limited in April. A resurfacing project will temporarily block off part of the 8th floor and the entire 9th floor. Approximately 80 parking stalls will be unavailable for the duration of the project. The work is scheduled to begin during the first week of April, and will take about four weeks, depending on weather. Goat Hill Garage users are strongly encouraged to use other transportation options such as carpools, vanpools, or public transportation. Please visit King County Employee Transportation Program for additional options…. Read More
Just recently a bus rider noticed her route driver had a positive, courteous attitude and thought to share her praise for him with KC Employees. “I was riding on route 4 from downtown towards the Central District. The driver had the BEST attitude and GREAT customer service. There was a panicky rider who though he missed her stop and he handled it with such grace. She even ended up having a nice, relaxed conversation with him all the way until she got off. He greeted everyone and said good-bye to everyone. If you can… Read More
Recently, KCIT Leadership team members successfully used Skype for Business to conduct the first round of interviews for the Deputy Chief Information Officer position. Highly qualified resumes came in from across the U.S. “We scored the resumes but Chief Information Officer Bill Kehoe said the ability to communicate was really important and we didn’t exactly have budget to fly in folks from around the country,” said Alex Jacobson, KCIT Human Resources Associate. Enter Skype for Business. Each candidate had a 30 minute Skype interview with a presentation. “It took a lot of… Read More
The King County Assessor will begin testing the viability of web advertising on the Department’s website this week. This Pilot Project for web advertising was approved during the 2015/2016 budget process and is aimed at testing the revenue generating potential of web ads on the Assessor’s website. Web ad security is a priority for this pilot, and a strong security protocol has been put in place to ensure that the ads are not vehicles for malware or viruses. In addition, the content of the ads will be focused on consumer services and… Read More
Crossposted from the DES Express King County has been recognized by the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council (NMMSDC) as the Public Agency of the Year. This award comes thanks to the efforts of Sandy Hanks and the Business Development and Contract Compliance (BDCC) team in FBOD. NMMSDC covers a seven-state area, linking major corporations and public agencies to minority-owned businesses for the past 38 years. King County received the highest number of nominations ever for a public agency, and beat out contenders like the City of Seattle, City of Portland, and… Read More
Crossposted from Metro Matters Now that Link light rail and our northeast Seattle and Capitol Hill bus changes are just around the corner, we’re hearing a lot of questions about how fares will work when using both buses and Link light rail to make trips. Having an ORCA card will be the easiest and cheapest way to pay. This post will hopefully help you better understand how to navigate the Metro and Sound Transit system seamlessly, how ORCA can work for you, the different ways to get an ORCA card, and how… Read More
Crossposted from Public Health Insider Since 2003, not a single child in King County has died from a helmet-preventable bicycle injury. What helped lead to this victory? King County’s Child Death Review – a collaborative effort to identify opportunities and interventions that prevent children from dying. As the ‘doctor’ for the community, we are responsible for looking at broad trends and understanding the systems, policies and practices in our community that can prevent disease and death. Our local hospitals look at deaths in their systems, and we look at deaths in our… Read More
1. Why did you start as a policy advisor with King County? When I moved to this area for my husband’s job I considered opportunities across the region including in philanthropy and the private sector but local government appealed to me most. It’s an opportunity to use my federal government experience but have more of a direct impact on people’s lives. King County is especially appealing because it represents the whole region and people live and work across city lines.
More than 130 homeless people in Seattle were served up dinner by public defenders who volunteered for Operation Nightwatch (ONW) on Saturday, Feb. 20. The menu included Sloppy Joes, rice, salad and gourmet brownies. This was hardly a first for public defense. In fact, members of the department have been serving dinners for homeless men and women every other month for more than five years.
Did you know that there were free and low cost exercise classes in the Chinook building, mostly at lunch time? What a great way to earn Gold Status for the Healthy Incentives program! Some of the classes could use a boost of attendees to energize the instructors and other participants. Consider these options: Cardio Dancing with Shirley Zhang: Mondays and Wednesdays 11:30 a.m. to noon, free. No experience needed. Partially led by videos. Cool Chinese music. All are welcome, could use a boost of participants. Whether you were a dance major or have two left… Read More
Closing Date/Time: Mon. 04/11/16 4:30 PM Salary: $80,522.00 – $102,066.43 Annually Job Type: Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week Location: King Street Center – 201 S Jackson St, Seattle, Washington Department: Department of Natural Resources & Parks – Water and Land Resources Division Description: The Water and Land Resources (WLR) Division is one of four divisions within the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP). It is a dynamic, high performing natural resource management agency comprised of approximately 350 employees with a $55.7 million operating and $65.6 million capital budget. … Read More
This article originally appeared on the Facebook page for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. “I hated the feeling that we were failing families,” Stephanie Trollen said. Stephanie, who spent 18 years as a victim advocate at the King County Prosecutor’s office, described an all-too-common scene. “We would see these parents and teenagers come in stressed and upset and desperate for help, and I felt like we had nothing to offer them.” Kids and parents commonly ended up at the detention ce…nter because of domestic violence. These weren’t scenarios where a husband… Read More
Department of Community and Human Services Deputy Director Josephine Wong has been selected for Annie E. Casey Foundation’s tenth class of the Children and Family Fellowship, a 16-month intensive leadership program for executive leaders. In its third decade, the program is designed to give more child and family-serving professionals the confidence and competence to lead major system reforms and community change initiatives that get results. Without strong leadership, investments in programs and system reform initiatives alone are not enough to create urgent, long-lasting improvements for children and families.
In the world of radio communications it’s essential to have a solid team to work with. People who will step up to the plate and get the job done well, whether it’s refurbishing old technology, or preparing for a new, county-wide innovative project. William (Rich) Richardson is just one of those guys, a total team player who goes the extra mile. A retired Army first sergeant, Rich is now a Radio Shop Supervisor and has been with King County Radio Communications since 2005. He is a decorated military veteran with extensive travel… Read More
Committed to removing barriers for her patients, Dental Supervisor Deborah DeQuier-Bowden ensures everyone who enters her clinic has the best customer service experience. While she’s worked at the Columbia Public Health Dental Clinic since January 2014, she has been with King County for 15 years. She has been passionate about including equity and social justice efforts throughout her work at every level. “Equity and social justice comes from the heart,” she said. “It’s my goal as a supervisor –not as a person of color – to see these barriers.”
Recently, a King County Metro bus rider tweeted her appreciation for a job well done, while out on her route. Do you have kudos to share? Email them to us and we will include them in the newsletter and KC Employees website.
Closing Date/Time: Wed. 03/30/16 4:30 PM Pacific Time Salary: $33.58 – $42.56 Hourly, $69,846.40 – $88,524.80 Annually Job Type: Career Service, Full Time, 35 hrs/week Location: King County Elections – 919 SW Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057-2906, Washington Department: Department of Elections Description: The Department of Elections is recruiting a Program Supervisor II who will lead the Language Services and Community Outreach Program at King County Elections. This position will oversee the team responsible for translating documents, providing language-based assistance to new and existing voters, supporting outreach events in Limited English Speaking… Read More