Employee News - January 9, 2019


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New Chair elected at King County Council 

Councilmember Rod Dembowski has been elected as the new Chair of the King County Council. 

The decision was made earlier this afternoon following passage of a reorganization motion approved by the council. The legislation also appointed Reagan Dunn and reappointed
 Claudia Balducci to serve as Vice Chairs. 

Employee Spotlights


What is a Presiding Judge and why do we need one?" 

A new podcast from King County Superior Court features Judge Laura Inveen, who has been on the bench for 26 years and spent the last two years as Presiding Judge. We talk to her about what a "PJ" does and how she works with 52 co-equal colleagues. Listen to the podcast here. 

King County workgroups featured at statewide Lean conference 

At the recently held 2018 Washington State Lean Transformation Conference hosted by Results Washington, the Office of Risk Management Services (ORMS) and the Finance and Business Division (FBOD) within the Department of Executive Services (DES) were invited to present how team cohesion work has helped them attain better results and build a more conducive work environment. Read more.


Pictured: From left, ORM’s Contracts Analyst Erin Ferrell, Litigation Data Solutions Manager Stephanie Santos, and Business and Finance Officer Delena Carpenter and FBOD’s Deputy Director Eunjoo Greenhouse, Senior Continuous Improvement Manager Kara Cuzzetto Carpenter.


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New website showcases your awards and successes 

King County’s work is receiving national recognition through awards, honors, and accreditations by outside organizations from across the United States, and a new website has been launched to showcase some of the services and programs that have received recognition. Read more.

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Reminder: 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Jan. 10  

Please join us in honoring our nation’s foremost human rights leader and our County’s namesake, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The theme for this year is “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.” This year’s keynote speaker is Ijeoma Oluo, local New York Times bestselling author of “So You Want To Talk About Race.”  

The celebration will take place Thursday, January 10 from noon to 1 p.m at The Sanctuary Seattle, located at 811 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104. Program includes music, spoken word, and comments from King County Executive Dow Constantine. Read more.

Learn about retirement savings options at education events Jan. 15–17 

You and your spouse or significant other are invited to learn more about the King County Deferred Compensation Plan at education sessions offered throughout the year. 

In-person sessions are coming up Jan. 15–17. Click here for details and registration 

For more information about Deferred Compensation Plan education, including webinars, go to the Deferred Compensation web page. 

If you have any questions, please contact KC Deferred Comp.


DPD offers Public Defense 101 Training to administrative staff 

Several employees at the Department of Public Defense (DPD) took advantage of the department's first Public Defense 101 trainings in December, an opportunity for administrative staff to learn the nuts and bolts of public defense. Two 90-minute sessions were held, one for staff in Seattle and another for staff in Kent, led by three members of DPD’s management team – Katherine Hurley, Tara Urs, and Adrien Leavitt. The three attorneys discussed many aspects of public defense as it is practiced in King County – from how the department is set up, to the types of cases DPD handles, to caseload standards – as well as answered questions and facilitated discussions. Read more.

Pictured: DPD attorney and trainer Adrien Leavitt speaks with a participant during the training.

CPR/AED Training dates available 

Registration is open to all King County employees for Basic CPR classes offered in the Chinook Building. Classes cover Adult, Child and Infant CPR, AED, and Choking Rescue. To register, visit www.kccpr.eventbrite.com. 

  • Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 1-4 p.m., Chinook Building, Room 126
  • Monday, February 11, 2019, 1-4 p.m., Chinook Building, Room 126
  • Monday, March 4, 2019, 1-4 p.m., Chinook Building, Room 126 

Additionally, registration is open for BLS for the Health Care Provider classes. Read more.

Training Spotlight

Lean Problem-Solving Basics, Feb. 5: Do you feel like you tackle the same problems over and over again? In order to effectively solve problems once and for all, they must be solved at the root! Attendees will learn basic A3 Problem Solving, the powerful method borrowed from the Toyota Production System (TPS), learn techniques to incorporate problem solving and continuous improvement in daily work and build on existing Lean practices within your organization. Register and learn more.

Introduction to Career Development, Feb. 5: In this workshop you will learn the key elements of career development, identify your individual interests and values as they relate to career options, explore similar job classifications, learn the importance of competencies when identifying career options, leverage tips for engaging in conversations with your leadership, and gain the knowledge of how to research and seize career opportunities. You will choose a partner and participate in various exercises together. Register and learn more.

Kudos! King County Metro Transit receives rave from Seattle Times readers 

This piece was featured at the top of the Seattle Times’ Rant and Raves list for December 30, 2018. Kudos to our efficient King County Metro Transit!  

“RAVE To Sound Transit, King County Metro Transit and Seattle Center Monorail for providing me and my out-of-town visitor a pleasant adventure from Auburn into Seattle, all on public transportation! From the kind attendant in Auburn who alerted us that we were on the wrong side of the train platform, to the friendly enforcers who boarded the train to verify riders had paid. Once into Seattle, everyone was gracious, polite and knowledgeable guiding us from purchasing tickets to directing us on our stops to the Space Needle, Pike Place Market and back to Auburn.”


Pet of the Week: Pearl

Crossposted from Tails from RASKC

This girl needs a new home in the New Year – meet Pearl, our Pet of the Week! 

She was brought in by a good Samaritan last May, and thought she had found her forever home. Unfortunately though, Pearl had to come back to us because her adopter was allergic. They did say that Pearl was a great pet, potty trained, and super well behaved. Read more.

Featured Job: Marketing and Service Information Supervisor 

Salary: $107,762.09 - $130,276.64 Annually 

Location: Seattle, WA 

Job Type: Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week 

Department: MTD - Metro Transit 

Job Number: 2018EE09146 

Closing: 1/17/2019 11:59 PM Pacific 

King County Metro – recently named North America's most outstanding large transit system – is a leader in helping people move quickly throughout the region, reducing commuter stress, greening the environment and radically improving urban air quality, by providing comfortable, effective transit services for the thousands of commuters and other residents of King County, Washington. We provides mobility services that connect people and communities in Seattle and King County.  We operate more than 200 bus routes covering about 2,000 square miles, a complementary paratransit program, and one of the largest vanpool programs in the country. We also offer and are developing a wide array of innovative mobility programs to help meet our customers' changing needs and growing demand.  We are seeking someone to manage our marketing and customer communications efforts. We're looking for a person who's energized about helping current and new customers get where they need to go. The successful candidate will have strategic marketing and branding experience and customer communications experience to connect the diverse people of King County and the region with our services.  This position leads a talented staff of 20 employees in Metro's Marketing & Promotions, Service Information, and Distribution Services groups. They are supported by two chief-level managers and an administrative specialist. 

Learn more about this position or view all available positions.

KC Headlines

Metro Matters: Metro begins negotiations with top proposer for new Access contract 

Go, Green Team! Environmental Resolutions for the New Year of 2019 

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