Employee News - October 2, 2019


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Celebrating Disability Awareness Month in King County 

Each October, we celebrate Disability Awareness Month in King County and recognize the many contributions that people with disabilities make to our community. Disability Awareness Month also reminds us that we must continue to break down barriers so that people with disabilities can share their unique abilities, perspectives, and talents. Read more.


Mental Health, Recovery, and Suicide Prevention panel resonates with employees 

More than 50 employees gathered on Sept. 25 in the Administration Building Training Room for a powerful panel conversation about workplace mental health, held in recognition of September National Recovery Month and Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Read more.

Employee Spotlights


Best of the best: King County Metro names Neal Safrin Operator of the Year 

Safrin, 64, joined Metro in 1988 and is a report operator at North Base in Shoreline. Riders have seen his smiling face behind the wheel on dozens of bus routes across King County for decades. Read more.


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Young attorneys make a difference through Prosecutor’s internship program 

The King County's Prosecuting Attorney's Office recently mentored and trained a group of nine young, ambitious second-year law students, giving them firsthand experience into the work of a prosecuting attorney. The intense, 13-week Rule 9 Internship Program gives law students the opportunity to practice the law under supervision by handling real cases. Read more.

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Communities Building Impact: Our First Digital Report! 

We are so excited to share our 2018 Annual Report which is now in a beautiful, digital format! With meaningful stories from our partners, be sure to check it out!  Data is woven throughout this report and our most recent data from 2018 is now on our website and interactive! This data represents the collaborative relationships we have with our partners and we love sharing progress thanks to their amazing work. Download a PDF copy of the report here. 


10 Years of Water Taxi 

My, how the years have sailed by. 

The year was 2007. Washington State Ferries operated two morning runs and two evening runs to and from Vashon Island, and its passenger-only ferry was the only direct access for Vashon residents to downtown Seattle.  Read more.


Annual Giving Drive kicks off Oct. 7  

King County’s Annual Giving Drive Program starts Monday, Oct. 7, and it’s your opportunity to support a cause you care about. Find out how to donate or attend one of several nonprofit expos where you can meet participating nonprofits and find out about the great work they are doing. The expos start Oct. 8, with employees now being able to participate in the expo online or in person, making it more inclusive. Download your Expo Giving Passport which, once completed, can be entered for a chance to win a prize. For more information, visit the Employee Giving Campaign Annual Giving Drive events page. Happy Giving!

King County 2019 flu shot schedule

Check out the King County 2019 Flu Shot Schedule and mark your calendars for the location most convenient for you. These are open to all employees, unless noted otherwise. Read more.

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New electronic records management system to debut Oct. 7 

A new enterprise content management system, Content Manager, will go live Oct. 7. The system will be available for all King County agencies to use to manage their records and information. Read more.

Regional Mental Health Court 20th Anniversary Celebration, Oct. 10 

Join King County Regional Mental Health Court team members, court participants/graduates, local and state dignitaries and special guest Gypsy Temple (an up-and-coming Seattle alt-rock band committed to mental health advocacy) – as we celebrate this innovative court’s 20th anniversary. All are welcome!  

  • Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, 1 – 3 p.m., King County Courthouse Room E-942 

For more information contact Troy Brown at trbrown@kingcounty.gov or 206-263-2957. 


Get Ready to Shake Out, Oct. 17 

On October 17 at 10:17 a.m., millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On. Federal, state, and local emergency management experts agree that this is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake, before strong shaking knocks you down or drops something on you. The annual
ShakeOut drill is your opportunity to practice how you’ll safely respond. Learn what to do, and what not to do. 

Discount available for employees at Wilco Coop 

King County employees can now take advantage of a 20% discount at Wilco Coop farm stores. This can be applied to outdoor work clothing, boots and other purchases. To receive the discount, visit any store location and mention the Service Employee Discount with King County and be prepared to show a pay stub or ID badge. 

View all available discounts at www.kingcounty.gov/employeediscounts. 

Training Spotlight: Supervision and Leadership Skills – Series 

Supervision and Leadership Skills – Series, beginning Oct. 4: Develop your leadership, communication, motivation, and problem-solving skills with this workshop based series. Take all six classes in the series to enhance your professional toolbox with skills to be used in a variety of workplace situations. Register and learn more here.  

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


Pet of the Week: Sadie 

Hi! My name is Sadie and I am available for adoption. I am a genteel older lady who looooooves to stop and smell the roses. I want to sniff over there, and over there, and right there, too! I don't really care about treats or toys: my priorities are quality time with you, and quality time with every interesting smell I can find. Once we're home, you'll see that I am an affectionate lovebug who would be thrilled to cuddle up with you! I will stare up at you adoringly for being so nice to me, and giving me the scritches and pets that I crave. 

Read more at www.kingcounty.gov/adoptapet. 

Featured Job: FMD HR Manager 

Salary: $106,889.33 - $135,488.70 Annually 

Location: Seattle, WA 

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

Department: DES - Executive Services 

Job Number: 2019RS10605 

Closing: 10/13/2019 11:59 PM Pacific 

Learn more about this position or view all available positions. 

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