Invite the Exec to Walk in your Shoes

Dear King County employee, If you are doing a job that you think I should experience as part of the Walk in the Shoes of a County Employee competition, please submit an invitation. I look forward to new opportunities to see more of our diverse lines of business and meet the people who serve the residents and customers of King County. Your pride in your work and dedication to serve is inspiring. I look forward to your invitation to walk in your shoes. Again, here is the submission form. Sincerely,     Dow Constantine King County… Read More

Walk in the Shoes – Cynthia and Dynese

County employees do amazing work on behalf of our residents, which I was able to see firsthand in May when I visited King County’s Youth Services Center (YSC) to walk in the shoes of Juvenile Detention Nurse Cynthia Marino and Juvenile Detention Supervisor Dynese Greer. They help youth in King County who enter the criminal justice system leave it with a better chance of living a happy, productive, successful life. Accompanied by Chief People Officer Whitney Abrams, I met with Juvenile Detention Deputy Director Angela Toussaint who gave us access badges for… Read More

Walk in the Shoes: Vashon Island, Spring Beach Community

It’s hard to beat the beauty of Vashon Island on a sunny day. That’s where I headed last month to spend the day with Health and Environmental Investigator Liana Criscuolo, a recent Walk in the Shoes of a County Employee participant. I spent several hours with Liana learning her day-to-day routine and meeting a number of Vashon residents. I had three goals with this walk: to spend time with county employees, to see the different projects they’re working on, and to meet and talk with community members who are affected by –… Read More

Walk in the Shoes – Othello Encampment

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to join Walk in the Shoes of a County Employee winners Mary Dunbar and Della Lorenzen from Public Health – Seattle and King County for an afternoon on the job. Mary has been a social worker with the Kids Plus program in our Downtown Public Health Center for the past three and a half years. Della is a Personal Health Services Supervisor there. As part of the Health Care for the Homeless Network, their team of three social workers and two Public Health nurses are… Read More

Walk in the Shoes with Doug Dobkins, Department of Permitting and Environmental Review

A few months back, I spent some time in Snoqualmie with staff at the King County Department of Permitting and Environmental Review (DPER). DPER ensures that folks are building in ways that are safe for people and for the environment. They are the keepers of a land use code that was developed with input from thousands of stakeholders in our region. With millions calling King County home, and scores more arriving each day, it is important to ensure that we are smart about our growth. So I was excited to visit DPER,… Read More

Walk in the Shoes of a King County Employee – Family Law Facilitator Program

My job as King County Executive requires advocating for and balancing the needs of residents, employees, and the region as a whole. My years as an attorney working on behalf of clients taught me that fighting it out until there is a winner and a loser is usually less productive than figuring out what would work best for everyone involved. So I was excited for my first Walk in the Shoes this year – with legal staff in King County Superior Court’s Family Law Facilitator Program.

Walk in the Shoes of a County Employee – Jacquie Hermer, Public Health Nurse

For my most recent Walk in the Shoes of a County Employee, I visited Jacquie Hermer, a Registered Nurse in Public Health – Seattle & King County’s Nurse Family Partnership Program (NFP). The program pairs young, low-income, first-time moms with registered nurses from pregnancy through the critical first 24 months of a child’s life. That collaboration helps transform the lives of the mothers and their children, providing support and parenting guidance for a healthy pregnancy, and the best possible start in life for the baby. This program aligns with two important areas… Read More

Walk in the Shoes of a County Employee – Christopher Skilton, Public Health, Food and Facilities Protection

For the most recent participant in the Walk in the Shoes of a County Employee, I chose Health and Environmental Investigator Cristopher Skilton from the Public Health department’s Food and Facilities Protection section. As someone who enjoys dining across our region, I was interested to spend a few hours with a restaurant health inspector learning how King County works with restaurants to keep the public healthy and safe. As I experienced Chris’ day-to-day routine, I learned that the investigator’s role is much more complex and collaborative than it’s traditionally been. We began… Read More