Employee News - November 13, 2019


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2019 Executive’s Performance Excellence Awards

Last year, I launched the Executive’s Performance Excellence Awards to recognize individual employees and workgroups whose innovations and improvements are delivering excellence for our customers, our organization, and our region.

The awards recognize the employees and teams who are achieving exceptional improvement results for the people we serve and driving us toward our True North: Making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. Read more.


Taking a second look at old sentences puts King County in the national spotlight   

Fair and Just Prosecution recently invited King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg and Deputy Chief of Staff Carla Lee to New Haven, CT, to speak to 25 newly-elected (and some veteran) district attorneys, academics and a Yale law students about the important role prosecuting attorneys can play in reviewing long sentences imposed in prior decades. 

The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (PAO) is doing this through ‘second look’ case work. “A prosecutor’s obligation to do justice extends backwards as well as forward,” said Dan Satterberg. Read more.

Pictured: Deputy Chief of Staff Carla Lee at the Fair and Just Prosecution conference.

Employee Spotlights


Foreclosure prevention team helps homeowners and reduces property tax foreclosures 

King County has reduced the number of properties going to the annual tax foreclosure auction by one third compared with 2018, continuing a trend of reducing foreclosures. 

In 2019, 1,910 parcels were subject to foreclosure, with just 60 ending up in the annual tax foreclosure auction. In 2018, 2,310 parcels were subject to foreclosure, and 99 parcels went to the foreclosure auction. Read more.



Open Enrollment ends Friday, Nov. 15 

Don’t miss your opportunity to evaluate your benefit choices and make changes. If you haven’t already done so, make sure the right benefit options are in place for you and your family next year. Go to the  Open Enrollment website to review information, then, when you’re ready, sign on to PeopleSoft. 

If you don’t participate in Open Enrollment, your current elections automatically continue for next year—except your Flexible Spending Accounts and your Benefit Access Fee exemption, which must be selected each year. Read more.

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Check out an upcoming Annual Giving Drive event 

Participate in the Annual Giving Drive by attending one of many employee organized events. These events are an opportunity to enjoy time with colleagues, taste delicious treats, and support organizations doing great work in our community. Several upcoming events include: 

  • 2nd Annual Employee Giving Walk-a-thon: Nov. 14, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., YSC 1211 E Alder Street, Lobby 
  • DCHS 3rd Annual Family Feud Tournament: Nov. 14, 3 - 4 p.m., Chinook Building Room 126 
  • BRC Bake Sale and Lip Sync: Nov. 15, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Chinook Building Rooms 121/123 

View the full schedule of Annual Giving Drive events here and learn more at www.kingcounty.gov/giving. 

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Metro takes action to address racial disparities and the climate crisis with bold direction from community 

Earlier this summer, we asked for your feedback on how Metro can better address the needs of our growing county in a way that is equitable and addresses the climate crisis. King County Metro has been working with the Equity Cabinet, a diverse group of community leaders from across the county, to develop the Mobility Framework. Read more.

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Local high school students boost cancer-preventing vaccinations for HPV 

High school students from across King County are carrying a powerful health message to their peers. They are talking about human papillomavirus (HPV), the cancers it can cause, and why it is so important for teens to get vaccinated against HPV. The HPV Vaccine Champion Summit, recently hosted by Public Health – Seattle & King County, convened nearly 50 students from 10 high schools to be trained as peer educators. Read more.

Training Spotlight: SharePoint 101

SharePoint 101, multiple dates: Basic user training explains SharePoint and how it’s used at King County and best practices. All students login, navigate and get hands on experience adding, editing, removing, restoring and sharing documents with classmates. Lists are also covered in the training and users become familiar with adding content to a list and working with Metadata. Post training support is offered by the instructor and students are provided links to class documentation (handouts) and FAQs. Register and learn more.   

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


Pet of the Week: Athena 

A smile as wide as the sky – this is Athena, our Pet of the Week! 

This sweet girl was brought in by her previous owner as their landlord wouldn’t allow them to have her due to her breed. Athena is super sweet and affectionate, and very much people social! Read more. 

View all available pets at www.kingcounty.gov/adoptapet. 

Featured JobChild Care Health Consultation Manager (PPM3) 

Salary: $86,344.54 - $109,446.48 Annually 

Location: Seattle, WA 

Job Type: Special Duty Assignment or Term Limited Temp (TLT) 

Department: DPH - Public Health 

Job Number: 2019MF10806 

Closing: 11/18/2019 11:59 PM Pacific 

Learn more about this position or view all available positions. 

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