Employee News - April 17, 2019


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With one year until Census Day 2020, Executive Constantine, Mayor Durkan, and Seattle Foundation announce first-ever $1 million Regional Census Fund 

Joined by community members at El Cento de la Raza, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan, and Seattle Foundation President and CEO Tony Mestres created the first-ever Regional Census Fund to provide $1 million in funding to help community organizations prepare for the 2020 Census, which will be conducted April 1, 2020. 

The Regional Census Fund is a $1 million pooled fund that will allocate money to Seattle and King County-based community organizations to help fund outreach and other activities for the United States 2020 Census. Read more.

Employee Spotlights


Local Services’ first Economic Development Program Manager looks forward to helping businesses succeed in unincorporated King County 

One of our goals at King County Local Services is to help our unincorporated communities thrive. This week, we took a big step in that direction as Hugo Garcia, our first Economic Development Program Manager, joined our team. 

Hugo brings nearly 15 years of economic development experience, serving both rural and urban communities. He’s worked directly with small businesses during prosperous and tough economic times, and understands the dedication required to run a local business. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, he immigrated to Seattle with his family in 1988. His father ran a restaurant here for years, which allowed Hugo to see first-hand the kinds of challenges small businesses face just to keep their doors open. Read more.

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Judicial Administration employees help to save a life 

King County's Adult Drug Diversion Court (Drug Court) is a nationally recognized program implemented in 1994. The program supports our community by providing treatment and other ancillary services under the auspices of the Court to eligible defendants with the goal of rehabilitation and empowerment. 

Drug Court has saved lives both figuratively and literally with Wednesday, April 3, being no exception. After taking two doses of methadone and recognizing a potential overdose, a participant knocked on Drug Court's door seeking help.  

Read more and hear directly from Yuka, Christina, and Tom in the most recent King County Superior Court podcast, An Overdose in Drug Court. 

Pictured: Left to right, Adult Drug Diversion Court employees Tom Essex, Mary Taylor, Yuka Hayashi, and Christina Mason. 



DCHS employees get preview of True North and Values 

Employees attending the Department of Community and Human Services’ quarterly All Staff meeting on Monday, April 15, got a sneak preview of the Executive Branch True North statement and values from Chief People Officer Whitney Abrams before they are officially launched later this year. 

Whitney talked about the interconnected nature and interdependence of our work, and the need to connect our work to a central vision, a True North, and the actions that will help us achieve the True North vision. 

Some of the things that we’ve been hearing back as a Senior Leadership Team through our engagement surveys and in our bargaining with our labor unions is that we need to start defining at the leadership level what we’re here to do… and why we’re here to do what we do,” Whitney said. “As an enterprise of 14,000 employees, what are we here to do, the why, and how do we go about doing it, how do we show up, this is our vision and mission, our True North.” Read more.


Reminder: 4th Annual Administrative Professionals Recognition event, Wednesday, April 24 

King County will celebrate the many contributions of our Administrative Professional employees at the 4th Annual Administrative Professionals Recognition event on Wednesday, April 24, from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., in room E-942 of the King County Courthouse. 

This year’s event will focus on our “Gratitude” for the contributions of all Administrative Professionals. There will be guest speakers, and light refreshments will be provided. Space is limited so please register for the event, and arrive early so as to allow extra time for security screening. 


Join King County for Pride 2019, June 30 

Bring your Intersectional Selves and join your colleagues Sunday, June 30, as we march in celebration and support of Seattle’s LGBTIQQA community! All are welcome; feel free to bring your friends and family! Can’t make it to the parade? You can still order a t-shirt to show your support for the community (details to come). 

Please email Mariah Taylor at mariah.taylor@kingcounty.gov with “Pride 2019” in the subject line. 

  • To remain informed: Get on the distribution list to stay up to date on Pride related activities including important dates, t-shirt sales, and Parade details. Mariah will send out updates as information becomes available. 
  • To get involved: We need individuals interested in serving on the Pride planning team and/or as cross departmental contacts to help coordinate activities along the way. 

Training Spotlight 

Introduction to Public Speaking, May 16: Would you like to reduce stage fight and gain more confidence in speaking in front of a group? Whether you need to give a formal presentation or an informal presentation at a staff meeting, learning key skills will increase your effectiveness and self confidence. In this course you will learn strategies to deal with nervousness, plan and deliver an effective presentation, and practice presentation techniques to capture audience attention. This course offers a supportive enviornment in which you will practice and recieve feedback and from the instructor and fellow participants. Register and learn more. 

Lean Basics, July 18: Have you heard about Lean before? Have you wondered if Lean could be applied on your job? Come and join us in the Lean Basics course where you will become familiar with the fundamental principles of Lean; such as Waste Identification, Visual Management, and Continuous Improvement. Students will engage the materials through instructor lead classroom discussions, and interactive hands-on learning. Register and learn more. 

View more training and development opportunities at www.kingcounty.gov/learning. 


Pet of the Week: Annie 

The sun is out for Annie, our Pet of the Week! 

This young Chinese Shar-pei/Pit Bull mix was a little shy when she first arrived, but her caregivers were patient and took time to get to know her. Once she realized how much they cared for her, Annie opened right up! She also has velvety soft fur that everyone loves to snuggle! Read more.

Featured Job: Clean Water Ambassadors-High School Intern 

Salary: $16.46 Hourly 

Location: Seattle, WA 

Job Type: Intern 

Department: DNRP - Natural Resources & Parks 

Job Number: 2019SN09628 

Closing: 5/15/2019 11:59 PM Pacific 

The Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) education and outreach team is partnering with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust to provide a high school summer internship program.  We are seeking 12 interns interested in learning how government agencies, nonprofit organizations and local communities influence the health of the waterways in the Puget Sound region. Interns will gain a deep understanding of the role we all play in this issue, and the careers that contribute to improving water quality and protecting the environment. The hope is for interns to pass on the knowledge they gain to members of their school and community. 

Learn more about this position or view all available positions. 

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