Employee News - December 11, 2019



A service of the King County Department of Human Resources



Values: We are one team

What do you think of when you hear the words “We are one team?" “We are one team” is one of our eight Executive Branch values, and it's about strong relationships, trust, respect, and diversity. It's central to  the culture we are building at King County. 

Watch the “We are one team” video to hear what some of our colleagues have to say about what this value means to them. Missed our other videos? Check out the "We drive for results" and "We are responsible stewards" videos.


Nominate team members for 2019 Performance Excellence Awards 

Nominations are now being accepted for the Executive’s second-annual Performance Excellence Awards. The recognition program – the first of its kind at the County – honors employees and workgroups for their exceptional contributions in performance, leadership, and innovation.  

Anyone in the Executive Branch can nominate a team or individual for a Performance Excellence Award until Jan. 10. You’ll find information about the awards here, including nomination categories, criteria, and forms. Read more.

Employee Spotlights


Honoring King County’s active duty employees 

King County supports and thanks all who have served in the military or are currently serving in the Guard or Reserve. It is important for employers to value their military personnel and support them to take leave for military operations, while allowing for them to stay gainfully employed.

To highlight this, we have profiled a King County employee who is also currently serving in the Reserve. Elizabeth Inglese, a Visual Designer with King County’s Department of Information Technology (KCIT), shares her experience while serving as a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Read more. 



Transitions on Executive’s leadership team 

Chief Operating Officer Casey Sixkiller is leaving King County to take over from retiring City of Seattle Deputy Mayor David Moseley in 2020, working for Mayor Jenny Durkan at the City of Seattle. His last day with King County is Wednesday, Dec. 18. 

Over the last two years, Casey has been instrumental in aligning county operations with key county goals and values, with a particular focus on equity and social justice.   

“I’m committed to identifying capable, creative, and diverse leaders and supporting their growth and contributions in the public and private sectors,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said. “Casey is one such emerging leader, and we all look forward to working with him in his new role at the city.” 

Looking ahead, with a focus on our priorities and in recognition of this mid-term transition, the Executive’s leadership structure will be modified and the COO title will be eliminated, and some members of the Executive’s Senior Leadership Team will take on additional responsibilities. Deputy Executive Rachel Smith, Performance, Strategy and Budget Director Dwight Dively, and Chief People Officer Whitney Abrams will expand their current duties, with Dwight taking on the bulk of the operational duties. 


2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Jan. 16   

Community members and King County employees are invited to join in  honoring our nation’s foremost human rights leader and King County’s namesake, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The theme for the 2020 Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is “Yes, we are on the move and no wave of racism can stop us. We are on the move now.” They keynote address will be given by john a. powell, Director, Othering & Belonging Institute, University of California, Berkeley. The program also includes music and spoken word.  

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020,  noon to 1 p.m., Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101. For more information contact Tynishia Walker at 206-263-0534 or


What’s happened to traffic since SR 99 tunnel tolling started 

One month after tolling began in the State Route 99 tunnel, we’re getting our first few weeks of traffic data. While it’s still early, SR 99 tunnel usage remains high and exceeds forecasts. Traffic volumes were within normal ranges on I-5 and ridership on King County Metro Transit remained consistent. 

Initial information from Seattle-area transportation partner agencies reflects weekday data between Nov. 12 and Nov. 22. (Thanksgiving week was excluded as it is an unusual travel week). Traffic patterns vary and we expect they will continue to change as drivers look for best routes to reach their destinations. Read more. 

Making Life Easier offers webinars throughout the year to King County employees 

The King County Making Life Easier program offers webinars throughout the year to King County employees, free-of-charge. Topics include mental health, support for caregivers, healthy communication, and more. Employees interested in improving relationships with others can tune into Making Life Easier’s next webinar, “Creating Strong Relationships: Examining Healthy vs. Unhealthy,” which will be released Dec. 17.

Webinars are available on-demand.  Employees can access webinars via the Making Life Easier portal, using username King County. For more information contact Balanced You at BalancedYou@kingcounty.gov. 

Leadership Series+ A Training opportunity now accepting applications 

The Office of Equity and Social Justice in partnership with Our BODHI Project presents the Leadership Series+ A Training on Belonging, Racial Equity, Co-liberation, & Health. This series is for King County employees leading efforts towards greater racial equity and social justice and is rooted in Our BODHI Project’s Embodying Belonging and Co-liberation Frame. Participants will engage with expanding their racial equity and social justice analysis, deepening their purpose, and centering collective well being. 

Employees must be able to attend both dates in one of the cohorts. Both cohorts also require attendance at the three follow up sessions. 

  • Cohort 1: Tuesday, Feb. 18 and Wednesday, Feb. 19 
  • Cohort 2: Tuesday, March 10 and Wednesday, March 11 
  • Follow up sessions: Monday, April 27, Thursday, May 28, and Tuesday, June 9 

View the application and learn more here. For questions or more information contact Tynishia Walker at 206-263-0534 or TWalker@kingcounty.gov. 


2020 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 and view the full schedule, visit www.kccpr.eventbrite.com. 

Additionally, registration is open for the BLS for Health Care Provider classes.  This class is intended for Public Health- Seattle & King County employees who are required to have  BLS for Healthcare provider card as a condition of employment.  To register and view the full schedule, visit www.kcbls2020.eventbrite.com. 

For questions or more information, contact Laura Miccile at 206-477-8664 or Laura.Miccile@kingcounty.gov. 


New employee discounts available to Seattle Symphony holiday performances and airport parking 

King County employees are welcome to take advantage of discounts for upcoming Seattle Symphony holiday performances. Use code HOLIDAY20 to receive 20% off performances of Handel’s Messiah on Friday, Dec. 20, Saturday Dec. 21, and Sunday, Dec. 22. Use code CELEBRATE to receive 30% off the New Year’s Eve performance and party Tuesday, Dec. 31. Visit www.seattlesymphony.org to purchase tickets and for more information.  

Parking Access is now offering a $10 Parking Reward Credit when you sign up and reserve at any participating parking lot, including parking at SeaTac International Airport. Visit https://parkingaccess.com and enter coupon code KINGGOV10. 

Shuttlefare.com offers Uber and Lyft pre-arranged rides, in addition to SuperShuttle and Shuttle Express shared-ride van services at SeaTac International Airport and 300+ airports worldwide. Enjoy a $10 Ride Reward Credit when signing up and booking your first ride. Visit www.shuttlefare.com and enter coupon code KINGGOV10. 

See all available employee discounts at www.kingcounty.gov/employeediscounts. 


Pet of the week: Taser 

Taser is an 8 year-old, male, brown tabby, shorthair cat (A074252). His personality color is BLUE, meaning he is a gentle and loving cat who likes to take things slow. He might need some time to warm up to new people and new environments. Once he feels comfortable with you, he will really come out of his shell! Taser likes being petted on his head and neck. He can be sensitive further down his back, but don’t let that fool you: this affectionate boy just loves being petted.  

Read more and view all available pets at www.kingcounty.gov/adoptapet. 

Featured Job: Senior Applications Developer - Two Openings 

Salary: $95,494.08 - $120,229.44 Annually 

Location: Seattle, WA 

Job Type: Regular, Full time, 35 hrs/week 

Department: KCSC - Superior Court 

Job Number: 2019-10982 

Closing: 1/17/2020 11:59 PM Pacific 

Learn more about this position or view all available positions. 

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