Employee News - July 16, 2020

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Metro GM Rob Gannon stepping down, Deputy Terry White named interim GM

King County Executive Dow Constantine yesterday announced that King County Metro General Manager Rob Gannon is stepping down to take a position as chief financial officer for the city of Missoula, Mont.

“I want to thank Rob Gannon for leading King Country Metro with his steadfast service, his core commitment to providing transit where needs are greatest, and his vision for an agency devoted to overall mobility,” said Executive Constantine. “When Metro won Best Large Transit Agency in North America during Rob’s tenure, it recognized what King County residents already knew: that one of the great advantages of living here is a safe, equitable, and sustainable mobility agency that connects all our residents to community and opportunity.”

Gannon oversaw the transformation and restructure of Metro from a transit division to a full King County department. Under his leadership, Metro outlined a path for operating and growing transit to reduce congestion, tackle the climate crisis, and make mobility accessible and affordable for everyone—especially communities of color, people with lower incomes, and customers with disabilities.

Executive Constantine has appointed Deputy General Manager Terry White to become Interim General Manager when Gannon steps down at the end of July. Chief of Staff Michelle Allison has agreed to serve as interim Deputy General Manager. Read more.

We’re listening to employees to support employees 

The King County value “We respect all people,” encourages us to actively seek to learn and understand all perspectives, beliefs, and values, engage people in decisions affecting them, and recognize all people for their contributions and accomplishments. This has never been more important than during our COVID-19 response. 

With this in mind, and to more fully understand the impacts of COVID-19 on employees,  more than 1,000 randomly selected Executive branch employees participated in a survey or listening session in May 2020 to share their experiences and opinions.  

This opportunity allowed employees from a range of departments to openly discuss the challenges they are facing, as well as provide feedback on how King County can more fully support them during this difficult time. Topics such as equity and social justice (ESJ), safety, well-being, communication, and accessibility came up repeatedly during the discussions. 

“Safety should come first, and consideration for the whole person. Also, flexibility for mixing up telework and on-site work should be a long-term outcome," one participant shared.  

Read more here and view the video below to see the key findings. 

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King County IT GIS team receives SAG Award for ESJ work 

The King County Information Technology GIS For Equity & Social Justice Team received Esri’s Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award on July 13, 2020, at the annual Esri User Conference. Selected from over 300,000 eligible candidates, King County Information Technology received the award for its innovative application of mapping and analytics technology, as well as thought leadership in the field of GIS for Equity and Social Justice. 

King County’s GIS for Equity and Social Justice program was developed to create methodologies, training and ultimately solutions that leverage or innovate GIS technology to Advance Equity and Social Justice. This includes a GIS for ESJ workshop, the GIS for ESJ lifecycle, and GIS for ESJ best practices. King County’s Project Equity Performance Management (EPM) Methodology and Tools utilized GIS solutions to understand where the needs are greatest. It identifies place-based investment targets and needed performance goals. This replicable process leverages geovisual dashboards that empowered stakeholders, regional partners and communities. Stakeholders apply GIS data, analysis and visualization to conditions in each phase of the GIS for ESJ lifecycle. Read more.  


Making Life Easier for King County employees 

King County provides mental health programs to help employees and their family cope with the personal outcomes of tragedies, stress, change, or trauma. The Making Life Easier Program (MLE) is one free resource that is available for employees to use when experiencing difficult situations. 

MLE offers support with various services, such as free mental health counseling to address any issue, financial advising, credit and legal consultation, support for alcohol and drug dependency, and childcare and elderly services. Interactions are confidential and the program’s flexibility lets you request a counselor by race, ethnicity, and language, as well as change counselors as needed. For more information on the MLE program, including directions for signing up, visit the Balanced You blog. 

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Celebrating ADA30: A Discussion on Youth Employment from the ADA Generation webinar, July 24 

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) will host a webinar on "Celebrating ADA30: A Discussion on Youth Employment from the ADA Generation" on July 24 from 1 – 2 p.m. Eastern Time.  

During this webinar, young people with disabilities who grew up after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), known as the "ADA Generation," will discuss their experiences in the workplace and offer ideas to help employers attract young people with disabilities. They will address policies and programs of particular interest to younger workers with disabilities; including internship, apprenticeship, and mentorship opportunities, and how to ensure they are accessible. They will also touch on how young people with disabilities view disability disclosure and self-identification.  

A representative from the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire will review key findings of the "2020 Kessler Foundation National Employment and Disability Survey: Recent College Graduates." 

Register here for the webinar, and read key findings of the new Kessler Foundation survey here. 

PeopleSoft HCM outage this weekend, July 17-19 

To allow for system maintenance, the PeopleSoft system will not be available this weekend, July 17 through July 19. During this planned outage, the Business Resource Center (BRC) will apply vendor updates and maintenance. 

This work will begin on Friday, July 17 at 3 p.m. and is scheduled to be completed by 6:30 a.m. on Monday, July 20.  

The system will not be available for access by any County staff during this outage window. There will be a communication sent out to all County staff when the system becomes available. 

We realize that this outage impacts all PeopleSoft users and we appreciate your understanding and support. 

Facilitating Effective Meetings online webinar, August 10 and 11 

A common challenge faced by individuals in business is how to lead and facilitating meetings that are interesting and solicit active engagement. This two-day training covers the skills used by a facilitator to design and run an effective meeting. How to be a better participant is also discussed. Topics include specific facilitation skills, group decision making skills, and how to deal with disruptive behaviors. 

This webinar will be led by notable trainer and meeting facilitator Lenny Borer, who specializes in classes on communication and problem solving skills, meeting facilitation, instructor training and giving business presentations. 

  • Monday, August 10, and Tuesday, August 11, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Register here. Participants must attend both days. 

The webinar is $65 and space is limited. For more information, contact the Learning and Development Team at KCTraining@kingcounty.gov or visit www.kingcounty.gov/learning. 

Featured Job: Administrative Specialist III - Medical Examiner 

Salary$25.37 - $32.16 Hourly 

LocationSeattle, WA 

Job TypeSpecial Duty Assignment or Term Limited Temp (TLT) 

DepartmentDPH - Public Health 

Job Number2020ML11869 


Closing7/30/2020 11:59 PM Pacific 

Learn more about this position or view all available positions. 

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