Employee News - January 8, 2020



A service of the King County Department of Human Resources



Take Winter by Storm 

Snow warnings for this week are a reminder to be prepared for seasonal weather hazards. While winter can be wonderful, it can also be quite dangerous unless you're prepared. Snow, ice, floods, and strong windstorms are just a few of the seasonal weather hazards that can impact our region. 

Being prepared for winter emergencies not only protects our families and property now, but also provides peace of mind for unpredictable disasters such as earthquakes. 

While we can't stop winter from happening, we can get ready for it. Take steps today to plan for how you will weather this winter storm season by visiting TakeWinterByStorm.org. Read more.

Employee Spotlights


Meet Colleen McIngallsProgram Manager for the Protection Order Advocacy Program 

It’s tough to do an interview about Colleen McIngalls because she just wants to talk about how great her Protection Order Advocacy Program team is.

Colleen arrived at the Prosecuting Attorney's Office (PAO) a little more than two years ago. Prior to joining the PAO, she spent 11 years at Victim Support Services, serving her last three years with the organization as Director of Victim Services. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Seattle University in the Masters in Criminal Justice Department and teaches two victimology courses Fall and Winter quarters. Read more.



Discover how to build wealth for retirement, sessions Jan. 14, 15 and 16 

You and your spouse or significant other are invited to learn more about saving for retirement with the King County Deferred Compensation Plan. Several in-person sessions are coming up Jan. 14, 15, and 16, including: 

  • Social Security Simplified 
  • Retirement Ready 
  • Savings Strategies 
  • Financial Wellness 
  • Women and Retirement 

See details and registration. Other education sessions are offered throughout the year. 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. 

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On the Move: An MLK Day ESJ Festival, Jan. 30 

Departments all over King County government are working hard to move our county forward, and closer to our Equity and Social Justice goals. Join us at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Festival to learn how we’re moving forward, and share what you are doing to make King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. 

Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Chinook Building, 121/123 

For more information, contact Brooke McConnaughey at BMcConnaughey@kingcounty.gov.

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Resolved to stress less in 2020? Check out a mindfulness class! 

Would you like to stress less this year? Give one of our popular mindfulness classes a try! Balanced You has partnered with Mindfulness Northwest to offer classes at county worksites, online, and in the community. Classes are available to King County employees free-of-charge, subject to availability. See the January to March 2020 calendar at the link below. 

Mindfulness classes are one more way King County is Investing in YOU. Contact Balanced You with questions at BalancedYou@kingcounty.gov or 206-263-9626. Read more.


Retirement plan transfer opportunity 

Each January, certain members of Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) Plan 2 have the opportunity to transfer to PERS Plan 3. You are eligible to transfer to Plan 3 if you meet all of the following criteria: 

  • You enrolled in PERS Plan 2 before Sept. 1, 2002. 
  • You are currently in an eligible position. 
  • You will earn service credit in January. 


Increase your financial wellness with My Secure Advantage. Sign up before Feb. 14, 2020 to be entered into a raffle! 

Balanced You knows that financial wellness is important to you and your well-being. As such, King County employees are eligible for 90 days of confidential, unbiased money coaching through My Secure Advantage (MSA) every year. You can take the first step with MSA by opening an account and taking the online financial assessment. If you take the assessment before February 14, 2020, MSA will enter you into a drawing to receive a $100 Amazon gift card! Visit the Balanced You blog for more information.


WaterWorks grants funding 69 community projects in 2020 

King County’s WaterWorks Grant Program is fulfilling its mission to invest in clean water and community partnerships. The King County Council recently passed an ordinance to approve the funding, moving work forward on projects around the region that will include restoring damaged habitat, building green infrastructure and providing youth education and internship opportunities. 

Sixty nine local environmental projects that protect water quality, control pollution and build healthy communities will receive funding through King County’s WaterWorks Grant Program. Read more. 


New wireless network dedicated to Public Safety First Responders holds first communication 

King County had a big day on Nov. 21, 2019 – the first two-way radio communication on a new wireless network that will handle public safety response for the next 20 plus years was held. This is the Puget Sound Emergency Radio Network (PSERN). 

PSERN is managed by the Emergency Radio Communications Division, a division within King County’s Information Technology Department (KCIT), responsible for a nearly $300 million project that will serve first responders throughout King County. Read more.


Pet of the Week: LB 

LB is a 7 year-old male Heeler mix (A478953). His personality color is GREEN, meaning he is an adaptable dog who loves to go with the flow! This handsome boy is very smart and is currently practicing how to "sit,” "shake,” and "stay." He tends to calm down more when people around him stay calm, and he does best when he gets lots of exercise and something to keep his mind busy. LB was brought in by his previous family because they could no longer care for him. They described him as very loving and also independent. LB likes to play fetch, adores back rubs, and just loves spending time outside! 

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

Featured Job: Administrative Specialist II – Chinese Language

Salary: $22.24 - $28.33 Hourly 

Location: WA 98057-2906, WA 

Job Type: Career Service, Full Time, 35 hrs/week 

Department: KCE - King County Elections 

Job Number: 2019RL11109 

Division: Voter Services 

Closing: 1/14/2020 11:59 PM Pacific 

Learn more about this position or view all available positions. 

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